Sunday, October 22, 2017

Call for Academic BRASS Newsletter Submissions: Deadline November 6

The Business Reference in Academic Libraries Committee of BRASS is seeking articles for the next issue of its online publication Academic BRASS. Academic BRASS is a newsletter--not a journal--that publishes issue-based articles and information for the general and educational interest of BRASS members and academic business librarians.

Topics of interest to the editors are those dealing with business librarianship, such as resources, liaison and outreach activities, strategies, and instruction. Reviews of books, databases, and web sites are welcome as well.

Maybe you have another cool idea - that's fine too - get those submissions in!
Deadline for submissions for the upcoming issue is November 6, 2017.

You may want to see previous editions. For access to the full text articles of past issues of Academic BRASS, see

The typical length of an Academic BRASS article is 500-800 words, but past articles have been as long as 1,000 words or more. Authors should be guided by what they have to say rather than an arbitrary word length. All articles are subject to editing for length, style, and content. The newsletter follows the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition for all matters of style and citation. Authors whose articles include references to print or Internet resources are urged to observe the conventions set forth in that publication and on the APA web site (

Please send article proposals or submissions to both of the editors, Karen Chapman at<> and Janet Franks at<>. If you have any questions, please query Karen Chapman.

CFP: Library Instruction West 2018 (formerly LOEX of the West) - July 2018 - Colorado

July 19-20, 2018 – Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado will host the 2018 Library Instruction West (LIW) conference. We are very excited to be the site and the organizers of such a great, small conference focused on Library Instruction.
Conference Theme: The Confluence of Inspiration and Adventure!

Keynoter / Pre-Conference: Maria Konnikova will be our LIW 2018 keynoter and pre-conference (Wednesday, July 18) leader! Maria is a science blogger for The New Yorker, author of The Confidence Game, and author of Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes (bio:
ØWe are now inviting conference session  proposals
Ø…and volunteers for session proposal reviews
Connect with us on social media: Facebook / Twitter
Additional Information: For information regarding past instances of this conference, see: 2014 (Portland State), 2016 (Utah State), and pre-2014 host archives.
Questions? Email us at
Thanks for considering,
Laureen Cantwell, MSLIS
LIW 2018 Conference Committee Chair
Reference & Distance Services Librarian, Tomlinson Library,
Colorado Mesa University & Western Colorado Community College

CFP: ALA Annual Video Round Table Chair's Program

Have you heard about the President’s/Chair’s programs that are happening at ALA Annual this year? As part of this series, each round table and division can sponsor a one-hour program on a topic of interest to members.

The ALA Video Round Table Program Committee (VRT) needs your good ideas and input! We are seeking proposals, ideas and suggestions on just about anything related to video and libraries.

One program will be selected by the VRT Program Committee and the VRT Executive Board for inclusion in the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans (June 21-26, 2018).

ALA is especially looking for program ideas that encourage collaboration and support diversity and submissions from all types of libraries (public, school, academic, special) are welcome.  

Past programs have included topics such as copyright, streaming media (both public and university models), ADA compliancy in media, working with community partners to raise awareness, effective PR in promoting film series or film events. Check out some of past VRT presentations for more ideas here(  

The deadline for submissions is ­­­November 10, 2018

Send questions to the Chair of the VRT Program Committee, Erin DeWitt Miller at

Thank you,
Erin DeWitt Miller
University of North Texas
Head, Media Library
Chair, Video Round Table Program Committee

Friday, October 20, 2017

CFP: Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference (June 2018 - Perrysburg, Ohio)

Mark your calendars for the 5th annual GLRSC: Charting Our Course Together on June 7-8, 2018
at the Hilton Garden Inn in Perrysburg, OH    


Featuring a keynote presentation by George Needham, Director of the Delaware County District Library

This conference is an opportunity for individuals working in resource sharing to trade information and network with other colleagues. Watch for updates on the conference website at Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Do you have a new idea or success story to share?  We are accepting program proposals through January 12, 2018 on any of the following topic areas:
·         Resource Sharing Best Practices
·         Marketing Services
·         Electronic Resources and Resource Sharing
·         Workflow Improvements
·         Cooperative Collection Development
·         Consortial or Group Purchasing
·         Purchase on Demand
·         Delivery Solutions
·         Data-Driven Decision-Making
·         Reciprocal Borrowing
·         Shared Staffing and Training
·         Shared Discovery Layers
·         E-Books
·         Resource Sharing in Next Gen Systems
·         Shared Print Projects
·         Open Educational Resources
·         Cross-Departmental Collaboration

Proposed presentations should be 45 minutes in length including time for questions.  CLICK HERE for the online submission form. A call for proposals for lightning round presentations (15 minutes in length) will be announced in February.

Accepted presenters will have the opportunity to publish a version of their conference presentation to the Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery, & Electronic Reserves in a special issue, but will not be obligated to do so.

Each proposal should include a title, description, and abstract. Program proposals will be reviewed by the program committee, with selected presenters notified by February 16, 2018. Please direct any questions to Amanda Musacchio ( and Mark Sullivan (

CFP: Library Linked Data Interest Group, ALA Midwinter 2018 (Denver CO)

The ALCTS/LITA Library Linked Data Interest Group (LLD-IG) seeks proposals for
its meeting on Saturday, February 10th at 8:30-10:00 AM during the 2018 ALA
Midwinter Meeting in Denver, Colorado. LLD-IG facilitates active conversation
among librarians and information professionals to discuss projects, ideas, and
practical use cases related to library linked data.

Our Midwinter session will focus on linked data name authority projects. We
welcome proposals that offer insight into the development and/or use of linked
data name thesauri and encourage audience participation and discussion.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to): Development of local
authority applications, Implementation of linked data name thesauri into
cataloging or metadata workflows, and Collaborative linked data name thesaurus

Please email proposals to Anne Washington ( and Scott
Carlson ( by Wednesday, November 15th. Your proposal should
-Proposal title
-Proposal description (up to 150 words)
-Name and position of presenter

We will notify you by Wednesday, November 29th if your proposal has been
accepted. We look forward to hearing from you!

Best regards,

Anne Washington (Co-chair) and Scott Carlson (Co-chair)

Call for Chapters: The Complete Guide to Open Scholarship (ALA Editions)

Working Title: The Complete Guide to Open Scholarship
Editors: Darren Chase & Dana Haugh
Submission Deadline: December 1st
Publisher: ALA Editions

Book Description
This peer-reviewed collection will bring together a dynamic set of librarians, scholars, practitioners, policy makers and thinkers in order to take measure of the open access movement. Critical essays, research, case studies and other pieces will create a substantial, far-reaching text.  This collection will be critical and practical, and provide practical examples and theory in understanding the open access movement, open data, open educational resources, open knowledge, and the opportunity for an open and transformed world.

More and more universities--often spearheaded by university libraries--are adopting open access policies as a practical way to promote open access and further the research enterprise, while countering the often closed, restrictive and costly scholarly journals and databases.  This book will provide a substantial and practical overview of the open access movement, along with critical essays and consideration of the meaning of open access and its potential to leverage existing technology to transform how we support, share and access research.

We are looking for case studies, research, and critical essays on various aspects of open access scholarship, including:

  • Library Open Access Initiatives (implementations, challenges, processes, training, promotion/outreach, etc.)
  • Open Access Publishers & Journals (reception, evaluation measures, predatory publishers)
  • Repositories (green open access, university-specific, network of open repositories, discipline-specific platforms)
  • Open Educational Resources (current landscape, value/usage, challenges)
  • Open Data (data repositories, linked data, metadata, research data management)
  • Publishing Models (gold open access, new models, university presses, peer-review etc)
  • Research consortia, governmental & NGO initiatives
  • Public access to publically-funded research
  • University policies on open access (issues of mandatory vs. voluntary, on-boarding faculty/staff, creating buy-in, etc.)
  • Future of open access
  • Other areas of open scholarship

Abstract submission deadline: December 1, 2017
Notification of acceptance/rejection: January 15, 2017

Please use this form to submit abstracts of 200-500 words.
Abstracts should briefly describe your topic and how your chapter relates to open scholarship. Multiple submissions are welcome. If your submission is tentatively accepted, the editors may request modifications. Material cannot be previously published.
Final chapters will be in the 3,000-5,000 word range (some exceptions will be made for longer chapters). Chapters will be peer-reviewed.
Please direct any questions to Darren Chase ( or Dana Haugh (

About the editors
Darren Chase is Head of the Center for Scholarly Communication, Stony Brook University.  His research interests include open access, crowdfunded research, online learning, digital badging and information literacy. Darren has written and presented widely on myriad scholarly publishing topics.  He spearheaded the development and eventual adoption of the Stony Brook University Open Access Policy, and coordinates the annual Stony Brook University Open Access Symposium.

Dana Haugh is Web Services Librarian at Stony Brook University Libraries where she leads the design and development of the library’s web presences. Her research interests include web design, open access, marketing & outreach in libraries, and information literacy. Dana has extensive experience writing for top journals and monographs in the library field. She’s particularly focused on ensuring scholarship is openly accessible and helps manage her university’s institutional repository which promotes open access to scholarship published by Stony Brook University faculty.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

CFP: The Delaware Valley Chapter of ACRL - Call for Lightning Talks

The Delaware Valley Chapter of ACRL - Call for Lightning Talks

Practitioners will share examples of their work on a project, a technique used, a resource created, or other strategies that relate to news literacy. Each talk will be 10 minutes or less.

Do you have an example to share? Consider presenting on November 17th! The ACRL DVC planning group is now accepting proposals. Submission deadline is October 30th

The ACRL Delaware Valley Chapter is now accepting proposals for its Fall 2017 program: Fact, False, or Just Flawed: Critically Examining News in the Age of Truthiness. The event will be held on Friday, November 17, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Have you developed a new campus partnership, program, or resource that addresses news literacy? Excited about a simple but powerful technique that you want to share with interested colleagues? Submit a lightning round proposal to teach folks to spot false, misleading, and all other shades of duplicitous public discourse. Some topics may include…
  • Statistics in reporting
  • Scientific studies in the news
  • Bias in the news
  • Evaluating non-textual information (e.g. photos, video, info-graphics)
  • Government sources 
  • Filter bubbles

There is no slide limit, but the round cannot exceed 10 minutes, so practice, practice, practice!
Submission Deadline: October 30, 2017
Questions? Email Nancy Bellafante at

CFP: Social Justice and Activism in Libraries, Moving Beyond Diversity to Action (Call for Book Chapters)

Book Publisher: McFarland

Su Epstein, Ph.D., co-editor. Director, Saxton B. Little Free Library, Columbia, Connecticut
Carol Smallwood, co-editor. Public Library Systems, Special, School Librarian, Michigan
Vera Gubnitskaia, co-editor. Reference Librarian, Valencia College, Winter Park, Florida

One or two chapters sought from U.S. practicing academic, public, school, special librarians, LIS faculty, sharing how to take the concept of diversity to the next level. The role librarians can play in social justice and social change, activities supporting tolerance in libraries. Topics could be inclusivity, tolerance, civic engagement, civic education, human rights, social responsibility; in the areas of collection development, programming, professional development, partnerships and outreach—just to name a few.

One author or two or three authors per chapter. Compensation: one complimentary copy per 3,000-4,000 word chapter accepted no matter how many co-authors or if one or two chapters: author discount on more copies. Contributors are expected to sign a release form in order to be published. Public, school and special librarians, LIS instructors are especially encouraged to submit.

Please e-mail titles of proposed chapters each described in a few sentences by November 30, 2017, brief bio on each author; place TOL, LAST NAME on subject line to:

CFP: Creativity for Success and Personal Growth for Librarians (call for book chapters)

Book Publisher: McFarland

Vera Gubnitskaia, co-editor, Library Partnerships with Writers and Poets (McFarland, 2017); public, academic librarian, indexer.

Carol Smallwood, co-editor, Gender Studies in the Library (McFarland, 2017); public library administrator, special, school librarian.

One or two chapters sought from U.S. practicing academic, public, school, special librarians, LIS faculty, library administrators, and board members. Successful proposals will address creative, practical, how-to chapters and case studies depicting a variety of aspects and angles of the library profession as a creative endeavor, within the library walls and beyond. We are looking for ideas that can serve as a foundation, to incorporate into an MLIS course; a Human Resources’ or an organizational plan, as well as a kick-start to personal career goals planning. The focus is on library staff professional and personal growth and development, NOT creative programming and services for patrons.

No previously published, simultaneously submitted material. One, two, or three authors per chapter; each chapter by the same author(s). Compensation: one complimentary copy per 3,000-4,000 word chapter accepted no matter how many co-authors or if one or two chapters; author discount. Contributors are expected to sign a release form in order to be published.

Please e-mail titles of proposed chapter(s) with a concise clear summary by November 30, 2017, with brief bio on each author; place CRE, Your Name, on subject line to

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

CFP: Reference Services Review Special Issue on Library Services for People with Disabilities

We have been asked to edit a special theme issue on services for people with disabilities for the peer-reviewed library science journal “Reference Services Review”.  If you are a librarian or work with a librarian to provide such services, please consider this publication opportunity.  The call for papers (below) is also posted online at:

Reference Services Review Call for Papers for Theme Issue on Library Services for People with Disabilities

Reference Services Review is seeking authors to write on the theme of library support for people with disabilities in any type of setting, in any country.  Examples of topics include (but are not restricted to):

-- Collaborations to promote services for people with disabilities in the community, schools, campuses, assisted living centers, or other settings
-- Library collections and formats to support services for people with disabilities
-- Library outreach to people with disabilities
-- Incorporating services for people with disabilities into training or education programs conducted by librarians
-- Virtual library services for people with disabilities
-- Compliance with ADA, web accessibility, service/support animals, other standards (in library buildings or online)
-- Research or assessment of accessibility/disability issues & libraries
-- Establishing a library environment that welcomes and enables access for all
-- Advocacy efforts to promote social justice and library access for people with disabilities
-- Adaptive technology, including emerging technologies, in libraries
-- Relevant library staff training (awareness, etiquette, culture)
-- Recruiting and supporting differently-abled library staff
-- Enabling and promoting access to digital collections for people with disabilities
-- Sources and means of securing funding to support relevant collections and services in libraries
-- Literature review of existing publications dealing with library and collection accessibility for persons with disabilities

Proposals/abstracts due by email: November 15, 2017
Manuscripts will be due by March 15.  
The theme issue, Volume 46 Issue 3, will be published in August 2018.  Submitted manuscripts are evaluated using a double-blind peer review process.  Authors may expect to work on revisions during late April / early May.  Final manuscripts will be dueMay 15, 2018.

Send proposals/abstracts or inquiries to:  

Anna Ercoli Schnitzer (, Disability Issues and Outreach Librarian, Taubman Health Sciences Library, University of Michigan
Theresa Arndt (, Associate Director Library Resources & Administration, Waidner-Spahr Library, Dickinson College.

Reference Services Review (RSR) is a quarterly, refereed journal dedicated to the enrichment of reference knowledge and the advancement of reference services.  RSR covers all aspects of reference functions, including automation of reference services, evaluation and assessment of reference functions and sources, models for delivering quality reference services in all types and sizes of libraries, development and management of teaching/learning activities, promotion of information literacy programs, and partnerships with other entities to achieve reference goals and objectives.

RSR prepares its readers to understand and embrace current and emerging technologies affecting reference functions, instructional services and information needs of library users. RSR also contains important literature guides on cultural, social, economic, political, and environmental issues, especially those which reflect a global, international perspective.  More details about the journal, including author guidelines are at:

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

PRIMO Call for Submissions (Peer Reviewed Instructional Materials Online)

The Peer Reviewed Instructional Materials Online (PRIMO) Committee of the ACRL Instruction Section invites you to submit your online information literacy
tutorial, virtual tour, or other online library instruction project for review
and possible inclusion in PRIMO: Peer-Reviewed Instructional Materials Online.

***Deadlines for Fall 2017***
Nominations:  October 31, 2017
Submissions:  November 14, 2017

Additional information about PRIMO, as well as the submission and nomination
forms, is available from the following link:

Site submissions for PRIMO are accepted continually, but are reviewed for
possible inclusion twice per year.  If you would like to submit your own
project for consideration, please use the Submission Form rather than the
Nomination Form. For further information, please contact committee co-chairs
Megan Hodge at and Lindy Scripps-Hoekstra at

**Important note**

All submissions will be acknowledged shortly after the submission deadline. If
you submit a project for review and do not receive an acknowledgment after the
submission deadline, please contact the PRIMO co-chairs with a request for
verification that your submission was transmitted successfully.

Megan Hodge and Lindy Scripps-Hoekstra
Co-chairs, ACRL IS PRIMO Committee

Megan Hodge
Assistant Head for Teaching & Learning
Virginia Commonwealth University

Lindy Scripps-Hoekstra
Liberal Arts Liaison Librarian
Grand Valley State University

Monday, October 16, 2017

CFP: THE GEEK AND POPULAR CULTURE Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA) - Albuquerque NM February 7-10, 2018

Call for Papers

Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)

39th Annual Conference, February 7-10, 2018
Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Proposal submission deadline: November 15, 2017

Proposals for papers and panels are now being accepted for the 39th annual SWPACA conference.  One of the nation’s largest interdisciplinary academic conferences, SWPACA offers nearly 70 subject areas, each typically featuring multiple panels.  For a full list of subject areas, area descriptions, and Area Chairs, please visit

The Geek and Popular Culture: A Love/Hate Relationship
It’s every child’s schoolyard nightmare—to be called a “nerd.” From an early age, we know that being labeled a “nerd” or a “geek” isn’t a good thing. It implies too much knowledge and too few social skills. Yet, as much as we don’t want to be labeled a “geek,” we value their knowledge and expertise, as Best Buy’s labeling their technical support “The Geek Squad” exemplifies. Furthermore, the popularity of the reigning “nerd” powerhouse The Big Bang Theory (now available nightly via syndication) or any number of other series—NBC’s Chuck and the ubiquitous “Nerd Herd,” BBC’s Doctor Who, Fox’s 24and Touch, or the Sci-Fi Channel’s Eureka—proves that America may want to watch “geeks” and use them but we “wouldn’t wanna be them.”

This area seeks to examine the relationship between popular culture and the ever-changing geek or nerd – particularly looking at the way the nerd has changed over time and what these changes can mean for the future of “nerds” of every type. Topics could include: defining the “geek,” the geek versus the nerd, female geeks or nerds, depictions of geeks, depictions of nerds, tropes surrounding nerds/geeks, Hollywood’s pseudo-nerd creations, the “babe” in nerd/geek television series or films, differences between the two terms and their depictions in television or film, the power of the nerd, the social acceptance of the term “geek,” and much more.


All proposals must be submitted through the conference’s database at

For details on using the submission database and on the application process in general, please see the Proposal Submission FAQs and Tips page at

Individual proposals for 15 minute papers must include an abstract of approximately 200-500 words.  Including a brief bio in the body of the proposal form is encouraged, but not required.

For information on how to submit a proposal for a roundtable or a multi-paper panel, please view the above FAQs and Tips page.

The deadline for submissions is November 15, 2017.
SWPACA offers monetary awards for the best graduate student papers in a variety of categories. Submissions of accepted, full papers are due December 1.  For more information, visit

Registration and travel information for the conference is available at

In addition, please check out the organization’s peer-reviewed, scholarly journal, Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy, at
If you have any questions about the The Geek and Popular Culture area, please contact its Area Chair, Kathryn Lane, Ph.D. at

We look forward to receiving your submissions.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

CFP: MLA Spring Institute: Growing, Networking, and Inspiring! (Michigan Library Association)

MLA Spring Institute: Growing, Networking, and Inspiring! 
March 22 - 23, 2018
GVSU L.V. Eberhard Cen
Grand Rapids, MI
Call for Breakout Session Program Proposals  
Submissions welcome through Friday, November 10, 2017. The 2018 MLA Spring Institute Conference theme is Growing, Networking, and Inspiring, and those are exactly the experiences that the event will focus on. All topics are welcome to be proposed.
Program proposal submission form:  
Call for Cool Things my Library Does Proposals

Cool Things My Library Does will be held on Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Submissions welcome through Monday, January 8, 2018
This quick engaging presentation session will give you an opportunity to showcase your brilliance in a comfortable group discussion and reception format. Think of it like a strolling poster session show-and-tell with props. 

CFP: Linked Data Tools - LITA/ALCTS MARC Format Transition Interest Group (ALA Midwinter)

Call for speakers:

The LITA/ALCTS MARC Format Transition Interest Group is looking for speakers to participate in a managed discussion on Linked Data Tools and Local Practices at ALA Midwinter in Denver on Saturday, February 10, 2018, from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. We are especially interested in local projects to convert a specific body of bibliographic data to linked data.

Speakers should plan to speak for about 10 minutes. Audience questions and discussion will be encouraged after the presentations. Some suggested areas to cover are:

  • What tools is your institution using to convert existing metadata into linked data?
  • What standards, e.g. BIBFRAME, MARC, serialization formats, RDF, etc.?
  • What is it about the material that makes converting to linked data desirable?
  • What relationship does your project have to larger, national and international linked data efforts?
  • What relationship does your project have to existing catalogs and finding aids at your institution?
  • Who are the stakeholders and collaborators in your project?
  • What are the technical workflows associated with project outcomes?

Please email the Co-Chairs by Monday, November 13, 2017 if you are interested in speaking and let us know:

Talk title & short abstract (1-2 paragraphs)
The state of completion of your project by February 2018
Name, job title, and institution of all speakers
Email address(es)

We look forward to hearing from you!

Jeremy Bartczak, Co-Chair

Debra Shapiro, Co-Chair

Sherab Chen, Co-Vice Chair

Rachel Paul, Co-Vice Chair