Friday, December 15, 2017

CFP: Marketing Libraries Journal - OA Peer-Reviewed Journal

Call for Papers
Marketing Libraries Journal

Volume 1, Issue 2 (Summer 2018)
Deadline for Submissions: April 1, 2018 (peer reviewed manuscripts)
Deadline for Submissions: May 1, 2018 (practical articles)
Submit manuscripts online at

Aim and Scope
Marketing Libraries Journal (MLJ) is a new peer-reviewed, independently published, open access scholarly journal that focuses on innovative marketing activities that libraries are engaged in.  Our aim is to publish research and practical examples of library marketing campaigns, library marketing research, public relations campaigns, SWOT analysis, segmentation research, assessment of marketing activities, and tools used for marketing.  In addition to peer reviewed articles, the Journal also contains practical articles from different columns. Columnists will be accepting short articles on advocacy, branding, library marketing campaigns, "from the trenches", and technology tools. The Journal is published twice a year.

Guidelines for Submissions
The editorial board seeks submissions in the following two categories:

1. Articles (peer reviewed) (20-25 pages): research-driven articles that aim to provide original scholarship in the field of library marketing, communications, and outreach.

2. Practical Articles  (8-10 pages) (editorial reviewed): articles that focus on best practices and advice. Although these articles are practical, they are written in a formal, academic tone.

  • Advocacy: articles that focus on developing relationships with stakeholders to help raise awareness and loyalty for library services and resources. This may relate to communicating with government, administration, and the greater community
  • Branding: articles that illustrate how libraries develop their visual identity for their services and resources.
  • From the Trenches: articles that show outcomes of a particular marketing initiative or campaign.
  • Marketing Campaigns:  case studies of a marketing campaign and the desired outcomes and objectives sought.
  • Technology/ Software/apps/: reviews of web sites, and software tools that support library marketing activities. These articles are also written in a formal, academic tone.
Manuscript Format
• Manuscript style should follow the conventions of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition
• Submissions should be 12 point font, Times New Roman, and double-spaced with 1 inch margins on all sides
• Page number and running head should be placed in the upper right-hand corner of each page
• The title page should be submitted as a separate document and include each author's name, affiliation, and e-mail address
• Submitted manuscripts should begin with a 100-word abstract, with a list of 5 keywords, numbered as page 1
• One submission per author per call
• Allow 3 months for manuscript status notification

Submission Process

Submit manuscripts online at

Please ensure that your manuscript has not been previously published and is not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Review of manuscripts will begin after the call for papers deadline.  When a manuscript has been  accepted for publication, authors will be required to submit a complete electronic copy of the final version.

Editorship and Ethics

We reserve the right to make editorial changes for style, clarity, and consistency. To ensure ethical practices, all reviewers, editors,  and authors must contact the Journal if there may be any conflict of interest.  For more information, please contact the Editor at

Call for Submissions and Reviews - Catholic Library World

Article submissions are being accepted on an ongoing basis for upcoming issues of Catholic Library World, and prospective book reviewers with appropriate qualifications are asked to contact the editor.

Catholic Library World is the official journal of the Catholic Library Association. Established in 1929, CLW is a refereed association journal that focuses 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.

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. 

The journal publishes 100 short book reviews per issue, including reviews of books in library sciences, the humanities (particularly theology and spirituality), social sciences, children's books and young adult literature. 

For more information, visit:

Send submissions and queries to: Sigrid Kelsey, General Editor,

CFP: Business Models in (Digital) Academic Publishing

CFP: Business Models in (Digital) Academic Publishing


As the number of universities, libraries, and students continue to increase, growth in scholarly publishing is likely to continue. However, digital technology in academic publishing has rendered old business models obsolete. Demand for traditional printed books is influenced by electronic books, print-on-demand services, book rental options and sales of individual book chapters. An increased demand for instant access to scholarly journals, with their double-digit annual price increases, is putting even greater pressure on library budgets and the purchase of scholarly works. Clearly, traditional business models for academic publishing are no longer sustainable. Innovative business models are needed to capture value from new digital publishing technologies.  Open access, print on demand, hybrid publishing, agile publishing, digital archives and open data curation are examples of new digital publishing models—but none of these can address all aspects of this dynamic industry.

Scholars generally agree that value proposition, value creation and value capture are essential components of a business model. Value proposition refers to the value the organization delivers to its clients. Value creation is the process of developing new business opportunities, products and services. Value capture mechanisms address financial benefits or profitability.

This Special Issue of Publications invites authors to submit articles that examine new or alternative forms of digital academic publishing—with an emphasis on describing the business model that will make this new form sustainable.

Ms. Karen I. MacDonald
Ms. Virginia Dressler
Guest Editors

For more information:

Publications is an international, peer-reviewed Open Access journal.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

CFP: 2018 Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge (May 2018 - Mt. Hood, Oregon)

2018 Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge
Saturday, May 19  through Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Timberline Lodge
One hour east of Portland, Oregon on the slope of Mt. Hood

Call for Proposals

WHAT IS The Acquisitions Institute?
·         Since 2000, the pre-eminent conference located in Western North America on acquisitions and collection development held at Timberline Lodge.
·         A three-day conference focusing on the methods and innovation of building and managing library collections to be held May 19-22, 2018.
·         A small (no more than 85 attendees), informal and stimulating gathering in a convivial and glorious Pacific Northwest setting.

WHAT TOPICS are we looking for?
The planning committee is open to presentations on all aspects of library acquisitions and collection management.  Presenters are encouraged to engage the audience in discussion. Panel discussions are well received.  We may wish to bring individual proposals together to form panels.
Topics we and/or last year's attendees think would be great include:

·         Diversity, inclusion and social justice in acquisitions and collections (e.g., hiring practices, developing / promoting staff from within, how we as libraries can influence what gets published in terms of diversity, etc.)
·         Evaluating your existing collections for diversity
·         Staffing, training and development, and recruiting issues, challenges, successes (e.g., onboarding new acquisitions and/or collections staff)
·         Negotiation skills and how to use them
·         Ethics in acquisitions
·         Vendor and publisher evaluation, including business skills to determine financial viability
·         Using data visualization techniques to tell our stories (e.g., budget, collections, staff successes, etc.) Assessment tools, methods, and projects (e.g., linking collections with learning outcomes; usage studies)
·         Impacts of Open Access  and Open Repositories on acquisitions and collection development
·         Data curation, including Big Data, and management and other new roles for subject and technical services librarians
·         Small academic library or public library perspectives in acquisitions and collection development
·         Print today:  what are the collection management issues?
·         Trends and issues in licensing
·         Collection development beyond DDA/PDA, approval plans, etc.

The DEADLINE for submitting a proposal is December 31, 2017.

Important Dates
Mon 9/18/17: Call for proposals announced
Sun 12/31/17: Proposals due
Wed 1/17/18: Review of proposals complete, and presenters notified
Fri 1/19/18: Presenters confirm commitment to present
Mon 2/5/18: Registration opens
The Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge Planning Committee is
Lindsay Cronk, University of Rochester;
Kristina DeShazo, Oregon Health & Science University;
Stacey Devine, Library of Congress;
Kerri Goergen-Doll, Oregon State University;
Kim Maxwell, MIT;
Nancy Slight-Gibney, University of Oregon; and
Scott Alan Smith, Librarian at Large

CFP: Association for Small and Rural Libraries Conference (Springfield, IL - September 2018)

The Association for Small and Rural Libraries Conference Program Committee is excited to release the call for session proposals for 2018 ARSL Conference in Springfield, IL, Sept 13-15, 2018. Our conference theme this year is: Linking Libraries in the Land of Lincoln.

*****ATTENTION: Please thoroughly read the proposal submittal form.*****

Important items to note:
·       Bring us your best!  We will be accepting a maximum of TWO proposals per presenter, including individual and group presentations.

·       PRESENTER DISCOUNTS: We will be supplementing registration for those selected to present at conference at a $100 discount per session selected. If presenters are selected to repeat a session, there will be a $150 conference registration discount. For multiple presenters, any conference discount will apply to the lead speaker only. No additional funding will be available for this conference (scholarships are a separate award).

·       DEADLINE: Proposals are due by 5pm CST, Wednesday, January 24, 2018. Please be sure you keep a copy of your proposal!

·       SELECTION TIMELINE: We hope to have selected presented notified by March 11, 2018. Please understand that session selection takes time and there is a team of volunteers working outside their day jobs to make this happen but we ask for patience. If the date for presentation selection changes, we will announce that.

·       CONTACT: When you successfully submit a proposal, you should receive a confirmation email with a summary of your submission. If you do not receive the confirmation or if you have other questions, please direct them to Jennie Garner, 2018 Program Chair, via email or phone at (319) 626-5778.

We have such a wide array of knowledge and expertise, we look forward to reading your proposals! Thank you for giving your time and energy to our great association.


Jennie Garner, Library Director
North Liberty Community Library
PO Box 320
North Liberty, IA 52317

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.