Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Call for Panelists: LITA Top Tech Trends Program Panelists for ALA Midwinter

What technology are you watching on the horizon? The LITA Top Tech Trends Committee is trying a new process this year and issuing a call for panelists. Answer this short questionnaire by 12/10 for consideration.

Fresh faces and diverse panelists are especially encouraged to respond.

Past Top Tech Trends programs can be viewed at http://www.ala.org/lita/ttt.

CFP form is located at:


Call for Proposals: Privacy and Surveillance: Library Advocacy for the 21st Century (LACUNY Institute 2015)

Call for Proposals: Privacy and Surveillance: Library Advocacy for the 21st Century
LACUNY Institute 2015

Date: May 8, 2015
Location: John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York

CFP: URL: http://lacuny.org/institute-call-for-proposals/

Keynote Speaker: Rainey Reitman (Activism Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation; Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder, Freedom of the Press Foundation)

Submission Deadline: January 13, 2015

Historically, librarians have defended patron privacy on the grounds that it is crucial to free speech, freedom of thought, and equal access to information. These core values, which occasionally have led librarians to confrontation with law enforcement, are embedded in our professional ethics. The American Library Association’s Privacy Toolkit demarcates a broad territory for the profession to safeguard: “In libraries, the right to privacy is the right to open inquiry without having the subject of one’s interest examined or scrutinized by others” (Privacy and Confidentiality: Library Core Values).

Nevertheless, patron data can now be scrutinized not just by FBI agents with secret warrants, but also by database and e-book vendors, social media companies, and Internet marketers. The digital nature of today’s information sources has allowed for mass collection of patron data--as demonstrated by the NSA’s covert collection of telephone and Internet records. Our profession has been slow to respond. In this new technological and political landscape, which privacy violations pose a threat to our mission of promoting free speech and free thought? How can librarians convince those in power that patron privacy is crucial to our institutions and our communities? Can we negotiate contracts with vendors that protect reader privacy? How should we talk to our students about these issues, and what can we learn from them about the future of privacy?

The LACUNY Institute seeks proposals that explore all aspects of privacy in libraries, with a special emphasis on academic settings. We welcome proposals from those inside and outside the profession. This year, we will feature two kinds of presentations:

*Paper Presentations* (20 minutes)
The Institute will include several moderated panel presentations, which may be historical, theoretical, legal, or practical in nature. Please include time for questions and discussion.

A few examples include:
•       Library Code of Ethics and its relevance today
•       Current laws and precedents relating to privacy
•       The information economy and user data
•       Predictive analytics
•       Assessment and student privacy
•       The Dark Web

*Lightning Presentations* (10 minutes)
At the close of the Institute, attendees will disperse to a number of simultaneous lightning presentations. These should be highly practical in nature and focused on a single, specific issue. The goal is to provide attendees with concrete steps for action. Please build in substantial time for questions and discussion, and plan to bring handouts or other takeaways.

A few examples include:
•       Lesson plans for teaching students about privacy
•       How to read vendor contracts and negotiate for privacy rights
•       Privacy-protecting alternatives to common tools and websites (e.g., ownCloud, DuckDuckGo)
•       Setting up a Tor relay
•       Proven steps for promoting privacy initiatives among faculty and administrators

Please submit proposals for paper and lightning presentations, including a 300-500 word abstract, to http://lacuny.org/institute-call-for-proposals/ by January 13, 2015.

Questions may be directed to Jennifer.Poggiali@lehman.cuny.edu

For more information, visit the Institute website: http://2015lacunyinst.commons.gc.cuny.edu/

Monday, November 24, 2014

Call For Chapters: Mobile Solutions for Remote Access Services in Modern Libraries

Proposal Submission Deadline: November 30, 2014
Mobile Solutions for Remote Access Services in Modern Libraries

A book edited by
Diane Fulkerson (University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, USA)

To be published by IGI Global:  http://bit.ly/1rlFJ1V

For release in the Advances in Library and Information Science (ALIS) Book Series  

ISSN: 2326-4136

The ALIS Book Series aims to expand the body of library science literature by covering a wide range of topics affecting the profession and field at large. The series also seeks to provide readers with an essential resource for uncovering the latest research in library and information science management, development, and technologies.

Information science is an interdisciplinary field that focuses on the collection, storage, retrieval, and dissemination of information. This field allows users to find resources and information for personal, academic, and business needs. At one time users had to go to the physical library to search for the needed information, but with the growth of the Internet and new technology a visit to the library is not always necessary. New technology provides researchers access to library resources using a mobile device. The use of mobile technology changes the field of information science. For libraries this means people no longer have to come into the library to find the information they need for a research project or to receive help from a librarian. Remote access to the library's collections and services changes the role of the library in the research process and the types of materials added to the collection.

Objective of the Book
This book will provide a resource for librarians to improve and expand their user’s ability to access library resources and services. It will provide readers with the types of technology and collections, both proprietary and open access, they can use to meet the needs of their users. Technology changes rapidly and the book will focus not only on existing technology but also explore new technology. Librarians are no longer confined to a physical space. Remote access provides new opportunities for librarians, library administration, campus IT departments, online instructors and others to provide services to their users.

Target Audience
The target audience of this book will be composed of academic librarians, campus IT services, systems librarians, library administrators, reference/instruction librarians, online learning programs, online instructors, and distance learning librarians. This book will provide information and serve as a resource on to how to better use existing technology and identify new technology that will improve or expand existing library services.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • History of remote library services
  • Remote access technology
  • Course management systems
  • Embedded librarianship
  • E-books
  • Video streaming
  • Library instruction
  • Mobile technology and devices
  • Apps and libraries
  • Virtual or remote library services
  • Designing library websites for mobile devices
  • Open access collections
  • Social media

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before November 30, 2014, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by December 30, 2014, about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Fullchapters are expected by March 31, 2015. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Mobile Solutions for Remote Access Services in Modern Libraries. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.

Full chapters may be submitted to this book here: http://bit.ly/1EErNKM

All proposals should be submitted through the link at the bottom of this page.

This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), an international academic publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. IGI Global specializes in publishing reference books, scholarly journals, and electronic databases featuring academic research on a variety of innovative topic areas including, but not limited to, education, social science, medicine and healthcare, business and management, information science and technology, engineering, public administration, library and information science, media and communication studies, and environmental science. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit www.igi-global.com. This publication is anticipated to be released in 2016.

Important Dates
November 30, 2014: Proposal Submission Deadline
December 30, 2014: Notification of Acceptance Deadline
March 31, 2015: Full Chapter Submission
May 31, 2015: Review Results Returned
June 30, 2015: Revised Chapter Submissions
July 15, 2015: Final Acceptance Notification
July 30, 2015: Final Chapter Submission

Inquiries can be forwarded to
Diane Fulkerson
Director of Information Commons/Assistant Librarian
University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee
Tel: 941-359-4316

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Call for submissions to Endnotes: The Journal of the New Members Round Table (ALA)

The NMRT Endnotes Committee seeks contributors for the Spring 2015 issue of its annual e-journal, Endnotes: The Journal of the New Members Round Table.

Endnotes is a peer-reviewed, scholarly journal that addresses issues faced by new librarians.  Article submissions are accepted throughout the year, but articles received by February 1, 2015 will receive guaranteed consideration for the Spring 2015 issue.

Articles should range from 2,000 – 4,000 words and present original research, practitioner-based research, and/or case studies directed at new librarians. Those interested in discussing an article idea are encouraged to contact the Editor at nmrtendnotesjournal@gmail.com to determine if the proposal fits the publication’s scope.  NMRT members, current LIS students and recent graduates are encouraged to submit articles for consideration.

Endnotes also offers book and media reviews relevant to new librarians. Reviews range from 300 – 500 words. Those interested in reviewing are encouraged to contact the Editor at nmrtendnotesjournal@gmail.com to be included on the reviewers’ mailing list. Approved reviewers will receive periodic announcements of available books and websites.

For more information about Endnotes, including complete submission guidelines, please visit http://www.ala.org/nmrt/oversightgroups/comm/schres.

Kim Copenhaver
Chair, NMRT Endnotes Committee

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Call for Reviewers: ARLIS/NA Multimedia & Technology Reviews

ARLIS/NA Multimedia & Technology Reviews Needs You!
ARLIS/NA Multimedia & Technology Reviews Co-editors are seeking volunteers to author reviews for the February 2015 issue. ARLIS/NA Multimedia & Technology Reviews connects readers with new technologies and the multimedia landscape. Reviews will target projects, products, events, and issues within the broad realm of multimedia and technology related to arts scholarship, research, and librarianship.
To volunteer, choose your review topic from the list below and complete our review form by Friday, December 5, 2014.
Contributing to ARLIS/NA Multimedia & Technology Reviews is a great opportunity to get involved with the Society, learn about interesting new resources, and help shape the publication. Please feel free to read the complete review guidelines and direct comments and questions about the reviews to arlisna.mtr@gmail.com.
Submitted by ARLIS/NA Multimedia & Technology Reviews Co-editors:
Hannah Bennett
Emilee Mathews
Elizabeth Schaub
Topics for Review
We seek reviewers for the following resources. The snippets are taken from the resource’s web page and are not necessarily the opinions of the M&T Reviews Co-Editors. The sections in italics denote considerations for access to the resource, or prompts that the co-editors will want the potential reviewer to focus on when reviewing the resource.
The editors of the M&T Reviews are happy to answer questions about any of these selections so feel free to contact them (arlisna.mtr@gmail.com). The submission deadline for reviews is Friday, January 9, 2015.
List of resources to be reviewed for February 2015 publication:
Archigram Archival Project
“The Archigram Archival Project makes the work of the seminal architectural group Archigram available free online for public viewing and academic study. The project was run by EXP, an architectural research group at the University of Westminster. It was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and made possible by the members of Archigram and their heirs, who retain copyright of all images.”
American Planning Association: Podcasts
“Interested in urban design or the work of noted urbanist Jane Jacobs? These topics and much more are addressed in these fine podcasts from the American Planning Association (APA). The podcasts are updated on a semi-regular basis and visitors will note that some of the more recent offerings include conversations with author Tony Hiss about ‘deep travel’ and a panel discussion on streetscape modifications in inner-ring suburbs. Currently the site includes over two dozen podcasts and visitors who work in planning and allied fields will find much to enjoy. Folks with an interest in sustainability should look over the ‘Green Community’ podcast series where they will find conversations about green parking garages, density issues, and crafting meaningful bike share programs. Additionally, there is a place on the site where visitors can pass along suggestions for future podcasts”
Domestic Interiors Database
The Domestic Interiors Database is a major outcome from a broad-ranging analytical survey of the ways in which the interior has been represented since the Renaissance in Western Europe and North America.
A search engine that does not track you; "CEO Gabriel Weinberg introduced a sweeping and beautiful redesign for DuckDuckGo, complete with contextual information you've come to expect from modern search engines. The overhauled engine can now return videos, images, definitions, local places, and Knowledge Graph-like bursts of basic biographical information--dubbed "instant answers"--when you search for topics, all via an attractive image-driven carousel at the top of the results.Text links have also been subtly tweaked, with a more uniform look and a flatter, cleaner aesthetic. The home page also looks slightly different, and has new buttons at the bottom. Sure, there isn't much here that you won't find in Google or Bing, but the revamp finally makes DuckDuckGo competitive with those two on more than privacy alone." - PC World on May 07, 2014
“Giphy is the best way to search, share, and discover GIFs on the Internet. Similar to the way other search engines work, the majority of our content comes from indexing based on the best and most popular GIFs and search terms across the web. We organize all those GIFs so you can find the good content easier and share it out through your social channels. We also feature some of our favorite GIF artists and work with brands to create and promote their original GIF content.”
*please note: reviewer will need to download the free app on an iPhone with iOS 7.0 or later.*
Journal of e-Media Studies
Based at Dartmouth College, the Journal of e-Media Studies is a peer-reviewed, online journal dedicated "to the scholarly study of the history and theory of electronic media, especially television and New Media.” First-time visitors can learn about its editorial board, submission guidelines, and much more from this site. Clicking on the Current Issue tab will bring up the most recent issue, which presently includes essays, such as "Computational Cultures after the Cloud" and “’Dark Mass,’ or the Problems with Creative Cloud Labor.” Also, each issue contains a series of Conversations with scholars and the like on a myriad of matters, including software studies and Occupy Wall Street.
A usability card sorting software: "If you have a medium to large website, intranet, online shop or knowledge base then you will benefit from using OptimalSort. Card sorting will help you to understand the product groups or categories.”
*Please note: Reviewer will need to sign up for a free plan.
Elizabeth Berenz

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Call for Submissions: Catholic Library World

Submissions are being accepted on an ongoing basis for upcoming issues of Catholic Library World.
Catholic Library World is the official journal of the Catholic Library Association. Established in 1929, CLW is an international refereed quarterly journal. CLW publishes articles that focus on all aspects of librarianship, especially as it relates to Catholicism and Catholic Studies. CLW articles are intended for an audience that is interested in the broad role and impact of various types of libraries, including, but not limited to academic, public, theological, parish and church libraries, and school libraries. CLW respects diverse Christian traditions as well as non-Christian and welcomes relevant articles from a variety of religious traditions.
The preferred method for submitting manuscripts is as a word-processed attachment in e-mail. Author’s full name, affiliation, and e-mail address must accompany any manuscript submission.
Articles should provide something new to the existing literature. The word count should be 3500- 5000 words and should adhere to The Chicago Manual of Style (humanities is preferred). The style should be accessible and well-documented.
Submission deadline: Submissions are ongoing.
For more information, please visit this website: http://www.cathla.org/about/publications
Send submissions and queries to: Sigrid Kelsey, General Editor, sigridkelsey@gmail.com

Call for Reviewers: Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship

Call for Reviewers: Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship

The Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship is looking for book reviewers for future issues.  Books reviewed are related to subject areas within business. 

Although there is a major focus on reference materials, review also address significant academic business books that have recently been published.  Each review analyzes the purpose of the book and the success of the author or publisher in fulfilling that purpose, along with information on the scope, content and organization of the source.

If you are interested in reviewing a book for the JBFL, please contact:
Douglas Southard
Book Review Editor, Journal of Business and Finance Librarianship Dougsouthard@yahoo.com

In your message, please indicate your areas of expertise or interest (such as finance, marketing, or specific industries, etc.) and include your mailing address.

About the Journal
The Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship is an innovative quarterly journal that provides you with useful articles about the creation, organization, dissemination, retrieval, and use of business information. This refereed journal covers the business information needs of special libraries, academic libraries, and public libraries, as well as information services and centers outside of the traditional library setting. You'll find that the journal is international in scope, reflecting the multinational and international scope of the business community today.

The immediate focus of the journal is practice-oriented articles, but it also provides an outlet for new empirical studies on business librarianship and business information. Aside from articles, this journal offers valuable statistical and meeting reports, literature and media reviews, Web site reviews, and interviews.

Special thematic issues of the journal have covered:
      Marketing Information
      The Core Business Web
      Distance Learning Librarianship

Product Details:  ISSN: 0896-3568 Electronic - ISSN: 1547-0644

Monday, November 17, 2014

CFP: 2015 University of San Diego Digital Initiatives Symposium (April 29, 2015)

2015 University of San Diego Digital Initiatives Symposium Call for Proposals

When: Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Where: University of San Diego

Proposals are now being accepted for the second annual Digital Initiatives Symposium, a day-long event focused on all types and platforms of institutional repositories and digital initiatives.

This year’s symposium will focus on the intersections of libraries and the broader educational community: open educational resources, library partnerships with faculty for digital initiatives, digital humanities, and other topics, in a variety of institutional contexts.

We are accepting proposals for 45-minute concurrent sessions and 90-minute panel presentations. We welcome proposals from all types of organizations, including colleges and universities of all sizes, community colleges, public libraries, special libraries, museums, and other cultural memory institutions.

We are especially interested in proposals that consider:
·         roles for deans and directors in digital and institutional repository initiatives
·         roles for disciplinary faculty in digital and institutional repository initiatives
·         diverse repository platforms and functions
·         open access policies
·         repositories and distance learning
·         repositories and information literacy
·         digital humanities
·         copyright
·         open educational resources
·         instruction and scholarly communication
·         archives and special collections

Submission Guidelines and Selection Criteria

Panel discussions: 90 minutes
Concurrent sessions (case studies, white papers, demonstrations, or panels): 45 minutes
Please plan to leave 10-15 minutes for questions. 

Submissions must include:
·         Session title
·         Presenters’ names, titles, and affiliations
·         A brief abstract, no more than 300 words (If accepted, the abstract will be used as part of the program and published along with conference proceedings.)
·         A longer description of the session, approximately 500 words
·         A brief statement on learning outcomes for the session
·         Specific technology or other presentation requirements

Submissions will be evaluated based on the relevance of the topic and potential to advance thinking about digital initiatives and institutional repositories. Acceptance is competitive. Registration fees will be waived for accepted presenters.

Submit proposals and questions to Kelly Riddle, Digital Initiatives Librarian at the University of San Diego, at kriddle@sandiego.edu.

For more information on the day’s events, please visit http://digital.sandiego.edu/symposium/.

Important Dates

December 15, 2014: Proposal submission deadline
January 23, 2015: Notification of acceptance
February 16, 2015: Selected presenters must confirm presentations
March 23, 2015: Registration deadline

Dr. Theresa S. Byrd
Dean of the University Library
Helen K. and James S. Copley Library
University of San Diego
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492

Friday, November 14, 2014

CFP: Journal of Library and Information Service in Distance Learning

The Journal of Library and Information Service in Distance Learning, a peer-reviewed journal published by Taylor & Francis, welcomes the submission of manuscripts.  The journal is devoted to the issues and concerns of librarians and information specialists involved with distance education and delivering library resources and services to this growing community of students. Topics can include but are not limited to:
  • Faculty/librarian cooperation and collaboration
  • Information literacy
  • Instructional service techniques
  • Information delivery
  • Reference services
  • Document delivery
  • Developing collections
If you are interested in submitting an article, this journal uses ScholarOne Manuscripts to peer review manuscript submissions. Please read the “Guide for ScholarOne Authors” at http://journalauthors.tandf.co.uk/submission/ScholarOne.asp before making a submission. Complete guidelines for preparing and submitting your manuscript to this journal are provided at http://www.informaworld.com/openurl?genre=journal&issn=1533-290XWLIS receives all manuscript submissions electronically via their ScholarOne Manuscripts website located at: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/WLIS. ScholarOne Manuscripts allows for rapid submission of original and revised manuscripts, as well as facilitating the review process and internal communication between authors, editors and reviewers via a web-based platform. ScholarOne Manuscripts technical support can be accessed via http://scholarone.com/services/support/.

Inquiries and questions are welcome and can be sent directly to the editor, Jodi Poe, at jpoe@jsu.edu.

Please note: We accept manuscript submissions through the year; however, the deadline to have your article appear in our next issue, if accepted, May 1, 2015. Accepted and approved manuscripts received after this date have no guarantee of being included in the next published issue.

Jodi W. Poe, Editor
Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning
Associate Professor, Head of Technical Services
Houston Cole Library
Jacksonville State University
700 Pelham Road North
Jacksonville, AL  36265-1602
TEL: (256) 782-8103
FAX: (256) 782-5872
Email: jpoe@jsu.edu

The CILIP Conference 2015: Call for papers now open (Liverpool UK - July 2015)

The CILIP Conference 2015: Call for papers now open

Connect, debate, innovate

The CILIP Conference 2015

2-3 July 2015 | Liverpool

Bringing the information world together

Following on from the success of CILIP’s Umbrella Conference 2013 in Manchester, we are pleased to announce that the call for papers for the CILIP Conference 2015 is now open. The conference will take place on 2-3 July 2015 at St George’s Hall, Liverpool.

The 2015 conference will seek to inspire our audience, share knowledge, raise debate and provide networking opportunities. It will cover a broad range of issues from across the library, information and knowledge professions. The conference will build on the successful strategy behind CILIP Umbrella 2013, one of eight conferences shortlisted for Best Association Conference of the Year 2013.

Proposals for presentation are invited from within and outside of the profession on the four main themes for this year’s conference:

  • Information Management: building success
  • Information literacy and digital inclusion
  • Demonstrating value: what’s your impact?
  • Digital futures and technology

 The closing date for entries is Monday 5 January 2015. Details about the conference and the themes can be found on the conference website http://www.cilip.org.uk/conference2015

- See more at: http://www.cilip.org.uk/school-libraries-group/news/cilip-conference-2015-call-papers-now-open#sthash.JTsy8l5H.dpuf

Thursday, November 13, 2014

CFP: Big Talk From Small Libraries 2015 (Online Conference - February 27, 2015)

2015 Call for Speakers Now Open!

The Call for Speakers for Big Talk From Small Libraries 2015 is now open! This free one-day online conference is aimed at librarians from small libraries; the smaller the better. Small libraries of all types – public, academic, school, museum, special, etc. – are encouraged to submit a proposal.
Do you offer a service or program at your small library that other librarians might like to hear about? Have you implemented a new (or old) technology, hosted an event, partnered with others in your community, or just done something really cool? The Big Talk From Small Libraries online conference gives you the opportunity to share what you’ve done, while learning what your colleagues in other small libraries are doing. Here are some possible topics to get you thinking:
  • Unique Libraries
  • Special Collections
  • New buildings
  • Fundraising
  • Improved Workflows
  • Staff Development
  • Advocacy Efforts
  • Community Partnerships
  • That great thing you’re doing at your library!
For Big Talk From Small Libraries 2015, we’re looking for seven 50-minute presentations and five 10-minute “lightning round” presentations.
Big Talk From Small Libraries 2015 will be held on Friday, February 27, 2015 between 8:45 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (CT) via the GoToWebinar online meeting service. Speakers will be able to present their programs from their own desktops. The schedule will accommodate speakers’ time-zones.
If you are interested in presenting, please submit your proposal by Friday, January 9, 2015. Speakers from libraries serving fewer than 10,000 people will be preferred, but presentations from libraries with larger service populations will be considered.

CALL for Proposals: Tenth International Conference on Open Repositories 2015

CALL for Proposals: Tenth International Conference on Open Repositories 2015

The Tenth International Conference on Open Repositories, OR2015, will be held on June 8-11, 2015 in Indianapolis (Indiana, USA). The organizers are pleased to invite you to contribute to the program. This year's conference theme is:


OR2015 is the tenth OR conference, and this year’s overarching theme reflects that milestone: Looking Back/Moving Forward: Open Repositories at the Crossroads. It is an opportunity to reflect on and to celebrate the transformative changes in repositories, scholarly communication and research data over the last decade. More critically however, it will also help to ensure that open repositories continue to play a key role in supporting, shaping and sharing those changes and an open agenda for research and scholarship.

OR2015 will provide an opportunity to explore the demands and roles now expected of both repositories and the staff who develop, support and manage them - and to prepare them for the challenges of the next decade. We welcome proposals on this theme, but also on the theoretical, practical, organizational or administrative topics related to digital repositories. We are particularly interested in:

1. Supporting Open Scholarship, Open Science, and Cultural Heritage Online

Papers are invited to consider how repositories can best support the needs of open science, open scholarship, and cultural heritage to make research as accessible as possible, including:

• Open access, open data and open educational resources
• Scholarly workflows, publishing and communicating scientific knowledge
• Compliance with funder mandates
• Considerations for cultural heritage and digital humanities resources

 2. Managing Research (and Open) Data

Papers are invited to consider how repositories can support the needs of research data. Areas of interest are:

• Data registries
• Storage
• Curation lifecycle management
• Management and digital preservation tools

3. Integrating with External Systems

Papers are invited to explore, evaluate, or demonstrate integration with external systems, including:

• CRIS and research management systems
• Notification systems (e.g. SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE))
• Remote identifier services (e.g. ORCID, DOI, etc.)
• Preservation services
• Archival systems (e.g. CALM or Archivists’ Toolkit)

4. Re-using Repository Content

Papers are invited to showcase how repository content can be re-used in the context of:

• Discipline-based repositories and services
• Discovery services
• Integration of semantic technologies
• Repository networks

5. Exploring Metrics and Assessment

Papers are invited to present experiences on scholarly metrics and assessment services, particularly:

• Bibliometrics
• Downloads (e.g. COUNTER compliance)
• Analytics
• Altmetrics

6. Managing Rights

Papers are invited to examine the role of rights management in the context of open repositories, including:

• Research and scholarly communication outputs
• Licenses (e.g. Creative Commons, Open Data Commons)
• Embargoes
• Requirements of funder mandates

7. Developing and Training Staff

Papers are invited to consider the evolving role of staff who support and manage repositories across libraries, cultural heritage organizations, research offices and computer centres, especially:

• New roles and responsibilities
• Training needs and opportunities
• Career path and recruitment
• Community support

8. Building the Perfect Repository

Papers are invited to look ahead to OR16 and beyond to consider what the perfect repository looks like:

• Key features and services
• Who would be its users?
• How would it transform scholarly communication?
• What lessons have been learned since the first OR?
• Or, is it a pipe dream and there's no such thing?

Submissions that demonstrate original and repository-related work outwith these themes will be considered, but preference will be given to submissions which address them.


30 January 2015: Deadline for submissions and Scholarship Programme applications

27 March 2015: Submitters notified of acceptance to general conference

10 April 2015: Submitters notified of acceptance to Interest Groups

8-11 June 2015: OR2015 conference


Conference Papers and Panels
Two to four-page proposals for presentations or panels that deal with digital repositories and repository services (see below for optional Proposal Templates). Abstracts of accepted papers will be made available through the conference's web site, and later they and associated materials will be made available in an open repository. In general, sessions will have three papers; panels may take an entire session. Relevant papers unsuccessful in the main track will automatically be considered for inclusion, as appropriate, as an Interest Group presentation, poster or 24/7.

Interest Group Presentations
The opportunity to engage with and learn more about the work of relevant communities of interest is a key element of Open Repositories. One to two page proposals are invited for presentations or panels that focus on the work of such communities, traditionally DSpace, EPrints and Fedora, describing novel experiences or developments in the construction and use of repositories involving issues specific to these technical platforms. Further information about applications for additional Interest Groups and guidance on submissions will be forthcoming.

24x7 Presentations
One to two-page proposals for 7 minute presentations comprising no more than 24 slides. Similar to Pecha Kuchas or Lightning Talks, these 24x7 presentations will be grouped into blocks based on conference themes, with each block followed by a moderated discussion / question and answer session involving the audience and whole block of presenters. This format will provide conference goers with a fast-paced survey of like work across many institutions, and presenters the chance to disseminate their work in more depth and context than a traditional poster.

"Repository RANTS" 24x7 Block
One block of 24x7's will revolve around "repository rants": brief exposés that challenge the conventional wisdom or practice, and highlight what the repository community is doing that is misguided, or perhaps just missing altogether. The top proposals will be incorporated into a track meant to provoke unconventional approaches to repository services.

"Repository RAVES" 24x7 Block
One block of 24x7's at OR2015 will revolve around "repository raves": brief exposés that celebrate particular practice and processes, and highlight what the repository community is doing that is right. The top proposals will be incorporated into a track meant to celebrate successful approaches to repository services.

One-page proposal for posters that showcase current work are invited from researchers, repository managers, administrators, developers and practitioners. There will be the opportunity to make a 60-second pitch for your poster during “minute madness” and a chance for attendees to view and to discuss your work during the poster reception.

2015 Developer Track
Each year a significant proportion of the delegates at Open Repositories are software developers who work on repository software or related services. OR2015 will feature a Developer Track which will provide a focus for showcasing work, exchanging ideas and participating in "lightning rounds". Further details and guidance on submissions to the Developer Track will be forthcoming. Developers are also encouraged to contribute to the other tracks as papers, posters, 24x7 presentations, repository raves and rants 24x7 blocks.

Workshops and Tutorials
One to two-page proposals for workshops and tutorials addressing theoretical or practical issues around digital repositories are welcomed. Please address the following in your proposal:

• The subject of the event and what knowledge you intend to convey
• Length of session (e.g., 1-hour, 2-hour, half a day or a whole day)
• A brief statement on the learning outcomes from the session
• How many attendees you plan to accommodate
• Technology and facility requirements
• Any other supplies or support required
• Anything else you believe is pertinent to carrying out the session

Proposal Templates
The OR2015 proposal templates are a guideline to help you prepare an effective submission. They are provided in both the Word document and plain-text Markdown formats and provide details around the requirements for conference papers and panels (DOCTXTRTFand 24/7's and posters (DOCTXTRTF).

Submission system
The conference system will be open for submissions by 15 December 2014. PDF format is preferred.


We will be publishing guidelines for conduct for OR2015.


OR2015 will again run a Scholarship Programme which will enable us to provide support for a small number of full registered places (including the poster reception and banquet) for the conference in Indianapolis. The programme is open to librarians, repository managers, developers and researchers in digital libraries and related fields. Applicants submitting a paper for the conference will be given priority consideration for funding. Please note that the programme does not cover costs such as accommodation, travel and subsistence. It is anticipated that the applicant’s home institution will provide financial support to supplement the OR Scholarship Award. Full details will shortly be available on the conference website.

Program Co-Chairs

Holly Mercer, University of Tennessee
William J Nixon, University of Glasgow
Imma Subirats, FAO of the United Nations

contact: or15-program-chairs@googlegroups.com

Local Hosts

Indiana University Bloomington Libraries
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library
Virginia Tech University Libraries

contact: or2015@indiana.edu

Conference Website and Social Media

website: http://or2015.net/

twitter:@OR2015Indy and #or2015

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/or2015