Thursday, December 14, 2017

CFP: Essays on Transformative Projects in the Digital Humanities

While the debates in and around the digital humanities continue--what they are, why they are, what they contribute to humanities scholarship--those working in the field know the truly transformative work being done both nationally and internationally. This proposed collection of essays, Transformative Projects in the Digital Humanities, will build on the critical work has been done to date to showcase DH scholarship, while expanding the focus to provide a broadly international perspective. To this end, we especially encourage scholars working outside the U.S. to consider submitting a proposal. We have an expression of interest in this project from Routledge.

We are looking for essays that not only describe long-term projects/large-impact projects but those that also place the work within a cultural context and what is happening in terms of DH. Finally, proposed essays should be forward looking, addressing the question(s): how does this work indicate where DH is going/where it should be going/where it could be going? Essays may take the form of case studies, if appropriate. A 300-word abstract and one-page c.v. should be submitted by January 22, 2018 to Marta Deyrup <> and Mary Balkun <>.

Marta Mestrovic Deyrup, Ph.D.
Seton Hall University Libraries

Worldcat Identity and Virtual International Authority File:

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

CFP: Library Trends: Learning Analytics and the Academic Library - Critical Questions About Real and Possible Futures

CFP: Library Trends: Learning Analytics and the Academic Library

Critical Questions About Real and Possible Futures


Guest editor: Kyle M. L. Jones
Abstract submission deadline: April 1, 2018
Publication date: March, 2019

Nature and scope of this issue:

Learning analytics is the “measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of data about learners and their contexts, for purposes of understanding and optimizing learning and the environments in which it occurs.”1 If the academic library is the “most important observation post” for understanding how students learn, then it follows that libraries in colleges and universities should be a primary focus of data mining and analysis initiatives in higher education.2Integration of library data in learning analytics is fledgling at best, but there are growing calls for such activity to increase, especially to enhance a library’s ability to prove their resource expenditures and demonstrate alignment with wider institutional goals (e.g., improve learning outcomes, decrease costs, etc.).3
The efficacy of learning analytics is premised on an institution’s ability to identify, aggregate, and manage a wide variety and increasingly large volume of data about students, much of which needs to be identifiable in order to develop personalized, just-in-time learning interventions. So, in the fashion of other Big Data initiatives, institutions are beginning to dredge their information systems for student behaviors, personal information, and communications, all of which hold potential to reveal how students learn and uncover structural impediments to learning.
It is enticing to assume good things about library participation in learning analytics. The profession wants to provide just the right information at just the right time, and professional librarians want that information to aid students as they develop personally, academically, and professionally. Moreover, the profession seeks to further cement its position as a key player in the educational experience, and learning analytics may enable librarians to make stronger claims about their pivotal role once they gain access to new sources of data and the metrics that come from data analysis. But, like all technologies, learning analytics are not neutral; they are embedded with and driven by political agendas, which may not be congruent with—or necessarily aware of—extant values and ethical positions, such as those espoused by academic librarians and users of their libraries.4 Consequentially, scholars and practitioners need to take a critical approach to the growing role of learning analytics in academic libraries and the wider higher education context in order to better inform conversations concerning the intended and unintended positive and negative outcomes learning analytics can bring about.
This special issue is motivated by Neil Selwyn’s position that the “purposefulpursuit of pessimism” as it relates to educational technologies is constructive and fruitful.5 In contrast, optimism around emerging technologies—and the denial of critical voices—perpetuates a belief that technological progress is always a good thing. While we often perceive a pessimistic attitude towards technology as destructive or equate it to traditional Luddism, there is actually much to be gained by critically questioning the political agendas driving educational technology design, adoption, and diffusion.
This issue will invite authors to explore and push back against statements that learning analytics will somehow improve academic libraries by addressing questions around political positions and value conflicts inherent to learning analytics, coded in related information systems, and embedded in emerging data infrastructures.

List of potential topics

Potential articles may address these or related questions as the submitting author(s) believe to fit within the scope of the special issue:
  • Who is pushing a learning analytics agenda, and are they able to exert power over others in ways that dominate personal and professional values?
  • What economic model(s) are motivating the adoption of learning analytics, and how do these things restructure academic library work?
  • What rights do 1) library users inherently hold as individuals situated in particular types of societies (Western democracies or otherwise), are 2) provided by policy and law, and 3) are potentially denied by academic library adoption of learning analytics technologies?
  • How and in what ways does academic library participation in learning analytics contravene professional ethics and norms? Are there ways in which not participating might contravene other academic library values?
  • Learning analytics surfaces personal behaviors and predilections by logging, aggregating, and providing access to user actions, but how might such practices not be justifiable?
  • In what ways does academic library participation in learning analytics raise issues around intellectual freedom?
  • What alternatives exist that can route around computationalism, so that other methods may be brought to bear on the wicked problems facing the academic library?
  • We often assume that technologies will enhance social aspects of our lives, but how might learning analytics become a detriment to the user-librarian relationship?
  • How might learning analytics be used as a managerial tool to evaluate and/or replace librarians’ expert labor, especially with regard to instruction and reference work?

Instructions for submission

The guest editor requests interested parties to submit an abstract of 500 words or less, following APA format for parenthetical and reference list citations, by April 1, 2018. Abstracts should be sent to with the subject of “Library Trends: Abstract Submission.”
All submissions should follow the formatting requirements of the journal. Abstracts should include the author’s name, affiliation, and e-mail address. If more than one author is listed on the abstract, the guest editor will communicate with the first author only. The guest editor also requests that the author(s) includes an informal biography explaining how her/his past and present research and/or professional experience informs her/his submission.
In consultation with the editor of the journal, the guest editor will invite authors to submit full papers in early May, 2018. Full papers will be due to the guest editor by November 1, 2018; they will undergo a double-blind peer review. The guest editor is seeking qualified peer reviewers with expertise in the topic area (e.g., learning analytics, academic analytics, library analytics) and/or the theoretical area (e.g., critical data studies, information ethics and policy, STS). If you are interested in reviewing for the special issue, please contact the guest editor.
The journal expects to publish the issue in March, 2019.
April 1, 2018Abstract submissions due
May, 2018Editors will notify author(s) if abstract is accepted
November 1, 2018Article drafts due
October 1, 2018Rolling peer review begins
January 1, 2019Rolling peer review ends
January 15, 2019Article decision announced
Jan.–Feb., 2019Article revision period
February, 2019Final articles due to journal editor for publication preparation
March, 2019Special issue published

Information about the guest editor

Kyle M. L. Jones (MLIS, PhD) is an assistant professor within the School of Informatics and Computing (Department of Library and Information Science) at Indiana University–Indianapolis (IUPUI). His research focuses on the information ethics and policy issues associated with educational data mining tools, systems, and practices—such as learning analytics—in the context of higher education. You can find out more about his work at his website. He can be reached at

1 Siemens, G. (2012). Learning analytics: Envisioning a research discipline and a domain of practice. Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge, USA, 4–8. doi: 10.1145/2330601.2330605
2Duderstadt, J. J. (2009). Possible futures for the research library in the 21st century. Journal of Library Administration, 49(3), 217–225. doi: 10.1080/01930820902784770
3Connaway, L. S., Harvey, W., Kitzie, V., & Mikitish, S. (2017). Academic library impact: Improving practice and essential areas to research (Report). Retrieved from Association of College and Research Libraries website:
4Jones, K. M. L., & Salo, D. (forthcoming – 2018). Learning analytics and the academic library: Professional ethics commitments at a crossroads. College & Research Libraries. Available as a preprint at

Thursday, December 07, 2017

CFP: 2018 Library Research Round Table Forum Theory, Method, and Practice in Library Research ALA Annual Conference, New Orleans, June 21-26, 2018

Call for Papers
2018 Library Research Round Table Forum
Theory, Method, and Practice in Library Research
ALA Annual Conference, New Orleans, June 21-26, 2018

The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) is accepting paper submissions for the LRRT Research Forum at the 2018 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in New Orleans. The LRRT Research Forum will feature 15-minute presentations of library and information science (LIS) research followed by discussion. Proposals are due Friday, January 12, 2018.  Notification of acceptance will be made on Friday, February 16, 2018.


This session will present three peer-reviewed papers describing research with the potential to make significant contributions to the field of library and information science (LIS). The three papers will selected as examples of research excellence, with a focus on work exemplifying strong use of theory, clear and well-organized research design, and appropriate data gathering and analysis methods. 

Submissions emphasizing the problems, theories, methodologies, or significance of research findings for LIS are welcome. Topics can include information access, user behavior, electronic services, service effectiveness, emerging technologies, organizational structure, and personnel. All researchers, including practitioners from all types of libraries and other organizations, LIS faculty, graduate students, and other interested individuals are encouraged to submit proposals. Both members and nonmembers of LRRT are welcome.

The selection committee will use a blind review process to select three papers. Authors will be required to present their papers in person at the forum and to register for the conference. Criteria for selection include:

  1. Significance of the research problem to LIS research and practice.
  2. Quality and creativity of the methodology/methods/research design.
  3. Clarity of the connection to existing LIS research.

Please note that research accepted for publication by January 31, 2018 cannot be considered.

Each submission must consist of no more than two pages. On the first page, list the author names, titles, institutional affiliations, and contact information, including mailing addresses and email addresses.
The second page must NOT show your name or any personally identifying information. Instead, it must include:

  1. The paper title.
  2. A 500-word abstract of the research project, including: 1) a problem statement and significance, 2) project objectives, 3) methods/methodology, and 4) conclusions (or tentative conclusions for work in progress).
  3. A brief statement saying if the research is complete or ongoing and listing the project beginning and end dates.

Send submissions via email to:
Jennifer Sweeney
LRRT Chair
Lecturer, SJSU
Program Evaluation & Planning

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

CFP: Illinois Library Association 2018 Conference

Libraries of all types are places of refuge for members of our communities and institutions. The 2018 Illinois Library Association Conference, Libraries: All Inclusive, is a chance for us to come together and share our ideas about promoting inclusivity in our communities, among our patrons, and within our staffs. How are you welcoming underserved populations into your library? What can we do to build community, inside and outside the library walls?
Conference will take place at the Peoria (IL) Civic Center, from Tuesday, October 9, to Thursday, October 11. The link to the official Call for Programs is

Share your ideas by submitting a conference proposal. The ILA Annual Conference Program Committee is seeking programs including (but not limited to) the following topics:
  • Reaching underserved populations and/or segments of your community
  • Building communities
  • Small and rural libraries
  • Staff inclusion (support staff, etc.)
  • Library leadership – staff, trustees, and the community
  • Services to new Americans, refugees, ESL
  • Neurodiversity
  • Passive programming (library card not required)
  • Fandom
  • Gaming

The Deadline for submission is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 16.
Please Note: Conference speakers who are employed by or a trustee of a library (academic, public, school, special), a library agency, or library school located in Illinois are required to register and pay the appropriate registration fee for the conference. Speakers from outside the Illinois library community will receive a one-day waiver of their registration fee.

Questions about submitting a proposal? Click here for full information on how to submit your program proposal.

Eric A. Edwards
Interlibrary Loan Librarian
Illinois State Library
Gwendolyn Brooks Building

Monday, December 04, 2017

CFP: Diversity and Libraries - ABQLA conference in Montreal, Quebec, Canada (May 2018)

ABQLA is pleased to invite members of the library and information professional community to submit conference proposals for their 86th annual conference to be held in Montreal, Quebec on Friday, May 4th, 2018. The theme for this year’s conference is “All Inclusive: Leading, Inspiring, Empowering.” In an era of divisiveness and exclusion, libraries can play an important role in welcoming and empowering members of their communities.

How does your library celebrate diversity? What services do you offer that empower your patrons? How is your library ensuring a safe and welcoming space for all? The ABQLA Conference Committee strives to provide a range of sessions that are of interest to the broad library community, and we encourage proposals from libraries and organizations of all sizes.

Types of proposals:

Presentation: 30 to 45-minute sessions on research, projects, best practices, etc.
Workshop: 45 to 60-minute interactive sessions that engage participants in intensive discussion and/or activity.
NEW! Poster: short graphic presentations that will be presented in a special poster session.

For more information on the conference and ABQLA, please consult:

The submission deadline is January 21, 2018.

CFP: ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL2018) - Fort Worth, Texas June 2018

The ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries in 2018 (JCDL 2018L: will be held in conjunction with UNT Open Access Symposium 2018 ( on June 3 - 6, 2018 in Fort Worth, Texas, the rustic and artistic threshold into the American West. JCDL welcomes interesting submissions ranging across theories, systems, services, and applications. We invite those managing, operating, developing, curating, evaluating, or utilizing digital libraries broadly defined, covering academic or public institutions, including archives, museums, and social networks. We seek involvement of those in iSchools, as well as working in computer or information or social sciences and technologies. Multiple tracks and sessions will ensure tailoring to researchers, practitioners, and diverse communities including data science/analytics, data curation/stewardship, information retrieval, human-computer interaction, hypertext (and Web/network science), multimedia, publishing, preservation, digital humanities, machine learning/AI, heritage/culture, health/medicine, policy, law, and privacy/intellectual property.

General Instructions on submissions of full papers, short papers, posters and demonstrations, doctoral consortium, tutorials, workshops, and panels can be found at Below are the submission deadlines:

  • Jan. 15, 2018 - Tutorial and workshop proposal submissions
  • Jan. 15, 2018 - Full paper and short paper submissions
  • Jan. 29, 2018 - Panel, poster and demonstration submissions
  • Feb. 1, 2018 - Notification of acceptance for tutorials and workshops
  • Mar. 8, 2018 - Notification of acceptance for full papers, short papers, panels, posters, and demonstrations
  • Mar. 25, 2018 - Doctoral Consortium abstract submissions
  • Apr. 5, 2018 - Notification of acceptance for Doctoral Consortium
  • Apr. 15, 2018 - Final camera-ready deadline for full papers, short papers, panels, posters, and demonstrations

Please email if you have any questions.

CFP: ALA Annual Panelists - Open Educational Resources (OER): Where libraries are and where we are going

Are you a distance or online librarian with experience in OER projects? Then we want to hear from you! The Distance Learning Section has teamed up with the CMS Collection Development Librarians of Academic Libraries Interest Group and arelooking for panelists with OER experience to participate in our co-sponsored panel at 2018 ALA Annual in New Orleans, entitled Open Educational Resources (OER): Where Libraries Are and Where We Are Going.

Applications due December 22nd, 2017, selected panelists will be notified in early January, 2018.

If you have questions, please email Mike Courtney ( or Natalie Haber (, DLS Conference Program Planning Committee co-chairs.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

ALCTS News - Call for reporters at the 2018 Midwinter Meeting in Denver

ALCTS News is looking for volunteers to report on ALCTS preconferences, programs, and forums at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver, Colorado. Are you attending one of the sessions listed on the call for reporters announcement on the ALCTS News site? Would you like to share what you learn with the ALCTS community?

Reports should summarize the session and highlight particularly valuable takeaways. If the session is not sponsored by ALCTS, reporters should articulate the ‘so what?’ for ALCTS members. Length of reports typically ranges from 400–600 words. Reporters are also welcome to contribute photos or other images.

To volunteer to report on one of the sessions, email Chelcie Rowell at After a full slate of reporters is in place, she'll be in touch with more detailed how-to's for reporters.

Here again the URL to the call for reporters announcement:

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

LITA Guides: Call for Best Book Proposal (extended to December 15th)

LITA Guides: Call for Best Book Proposal

LITA is looking to expand its popular LITA Guide series. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers would like to offer a $250 gift card for the best LITA book proposal

Proposal deadline extended to: DECEMBER 15, 2017.

Topics for consideration include:

  • Tools for big data
  • Developing in-house technology expertise
  • Budgeting for technology
  • Writing a technology plan
  • K-12 technology
  • Applications of agile development for libraries
  • Grant writing for library technology
  • Security for library systems

Questions or comments can be sent to Marta Deyrup, LITA Acquisitions Editor. Proposals can be submitted to the Acquisitions editor using this link.

CFP: North Carolina Serials Conference (April 6, 2018 - Chapel Hill NC)

We are pleased to announce 27th Annual North Carolina Serials Conference will be held on Friday, April 6, 2018 at The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education in Chapel Hill.

The Planning Committee is currently accepting proposals for presentations that reflect the 2018 conference theme: Blazing a New Path: Diversity, Collaboration, and Innovation. 

Libraries strive to offer users the widest possible array of content to meet their information needs, but face many challenges in doing so. In the face of external constraints, such as budget cuts and reduced staffing, the complexities of scholarly publishing, and constantly shifting patron needs, innovation in the face of change has become a necessary tool for survival.
Please join us for a day of discussion around how we've collaborated across traditional organizational boundaries to find new ways to get things done, how we've expanded conversations to include people and ideas outside of traditional norms to improve services and workflows, how we've worked to expand the diversity of the staff at our organizations, and ways we've re-scoped our collections and/or workflows to acknowledge the diversity of our user populations to better serve their needs.

Proposals may address any aspect of the serials industry or serials management and may be submitted by any member of the community including librarians, staff, students, publishers, and vendors.

Proposals should be submitted using this form.  The deadline for submissions is Friday, December 8, 2017.

Proposals will require the following information:
  • Contact details (including your name, mailing address, telephone number, and email address)
  • A short (50 words or less) biographical description for each speaker
  • Presentation title
  • An abstract (approximately 100 words)
  • Type of program
    • Presentation (45 minutes)
    • Technology tips and tricks lightning talk (5-7 minutes)
    • Other (please provide details)
Please note: Presenters' registration expenses will be waived.

The Planning Committee will review all proposals for their content, timeliness, relevance, and fit with the overall Conference content. The Committee reserves the right to refocus or combine proposals as needed (with notice) to reach a diverse audience and to maximize use of program time slots.

Molly Hansen
Assistant Marketing Manager | Oxford University Press
Institutional and Corporate Marketing

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Call for Column Editor: “Special Libraries, Special Challenges” in Public Services Quarterly

Looking for a “Special Libraries, Special Challenges” column editor for Public Services Quarterly

PSQ is published four times per year by Taylor & Francis, and features a strong set of columns each issue, including professional reading reviews, a marketing topics column, internet resources reviews, and others.

One of the columns is "Special Libraries, Special Challenges." This column has featured essays dedicated to exploring the unique public services challenges that arise in libraries that specialize in a particular subject, such as law, medicine, business, and so forth. In each column, the author will discuss public services-oriented topics in a variety of special library settings, including branches within a system. The column editor is stepping down, so I am recruiting contributors and/or a new editor to take over mid-2018.

Here are the most recently published columns:

If you would be interested in contributing a column or taking on the column editor duties, please send me an email with some info about your experience and qualifications.

Sian Brannon,

Monday, November 27, 2017

CFP: ACRL Academic Library Services to Graduate Students Interest Group ALA Midwinter 2018

Call for Proposals - ACRL Academic Library Services to Graduate Students Interest Group ALA Midwinter 2018

You are invited to submit a proposal for the ACRL Academic Library Services to Graduate Students Interest Group, ALA Midwinter 2018.

The ACRL Academic Library Services to Graduate Students Interest Group meeting will be held on Saturday, February 10th, 2018 from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm at Sheraton Denver (1550 Court Place) room # Governor’s Sq 16.

The ACRL Academic Library Services to Graduate Students Interest Group welcomes proposals which address information literacy and outreach to graduate students. The presentations will be lightening talk format for 10 minutes followed by 20 minutes Q & A at the conclusion of all of the presentations. Lightning talks will be selected via a competitive blind review process.  

Proposals are due December 18th.

Proposals will be evaluated based on the extent to which they: 
1. Measure or investigate issues of high interest to librarians, especially those working with graduate students. 
2. Represent innovative, original research.
3. Show evidence of carefully planned research design/program and thoughtful analysis. 
4. Clearly identify what stage of the project has been completed and estimate a timeline for the remainder of the project. Research that has been previously published or accepted for publication will not be considered. 
Please submit your proposal via this link.

If you have questions please email Leila Rod-Welch, Convenor of ACRL Academic Library Services to Graduate Students Interest Group, at

CFP: ALA Annual 2018: New Research in Collection Management and Development (formerly the Collection Management and Development Research Forum)

The Publications Committee of the Collection Management Section of ALCTS is sponsoring the program “New Research in Collection Management and Development” (previously known as the Annual Collection Management & Development Research Forum) at the 2018 American Library Association Annual Conference held in New Orleans, LA from June 21-26, 2018.
This is an opportunity to present and discuss your research. Both completed research and research in progress will be considered. All researchers, including collection practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals, are encouraged to submit a proposal.
The Committee will use a blind review process to select two projects. The selected researchers are required to present their papers in person at the forum. Each researcher should plan for a 20 minute presentation, with a 10 minute open discussion following each presentation.

Criteria for selection:
  • Significance of the study for improving collection management and development practices
  • Potential for research to fill a gap in collections scholarship or to build on previous studies
  • Quality and creativity of the methodology
  • Previously published research or research accepted for publication prior to December 13, 2016, will not be accepted.

The submission must consist of no more than two pages. On the first page, please list your name(s), title(s), institutional affiliation(s), and contact information (including your mailing address, telephone number, fax number, and email address). The second page should be a one-page proposal, and it should NOT show your name or any personal information. Instead, it must include only:
  • The title of your project
  • A clear statement of the research problem
  • A description of the research methodology used
  • Results of the project, if any
The deadline for proposals is December 18, 2017.

Notification of acceptance will be made by February 28, 2018.  

ALCTS, in its bylaws, claims the right of first refusal for publication of any work emanating from an ALCTS body or program.
Please send submissions by email to:
Jennifer Bazeley, Co-Chair, CMS Publications Committee