Monday, July 15, 2019

Call for proposals Code4LibJournal (C4LJ)

The Code4Lib Journal (C4LJ) exists to foster community and share information among those interested in the intersection of libraries, technology, and the future.
We are now accepting proposals for publication in our 46th issue. Don't miss out on this opportunity to share your ideas and experiences. To be included in the 46th issue, which is scheduled for publication in mid November, 2019, please submit articles, abstracts, or proposals here or e-mail by Friday, August 2, 2019.  When submitting, please include the title or subject of the proposal in the subject line of the email message.

C4LJ encourages creativity and flexibility, and the editors welcome submissions across a broad variety of topics that support the mission of the journal.  Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

* Practical applications of library technology (both actual and hypothetical)
* Technology projects (failed, successful, or proposed), including how they were done and the challenges faced
* Case studies
* Best practices
* Reviews
* Comparisons of third party software or libraries
* Analyses of library metadata for use with technology
* Project management and communication within the library environment
* Assessment and user studies

C4LJ strives to promote professional communication by minimizing the barriers to publication.  While articles should be of a high quality, they need not follow any formal structure.  Writers should aim for the middle ground between blog posts and articles in traditional refereed journals.  Where appropriate, we encourage authors to submit code samples, algorithms, and pseudo-code.  For more information, visit C4LJ's Article Guidelines or browse previous articles published in the journal at:

Remember, for consideration for the 46th issue, please send proposals,abstracts, or draft articles to no later than Friday, August 2nd, 2019.  (Use if sending attachments.)

Send in a submission.  Your peers would like to hear what you are doing.

Call for Chapter Proposals - Implementing Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: A Handbook for Academic Libraries

Chapter proposals are requested for an edited volume titled Implementing Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: A Handbook for Academic Libraries, to be published by the Association of College and Research Libraries. Head editors are Brian Lym (Hunter College) and Corliss Lee University of California, Berkeley , and co-editors are Jonathan Cain (University of Oregon), Tatiana Bryant (Adelphi University), and Kenneth Schlesinger (Lehman College).

We are seeking case studies, qualitative research studies, quantitative research studies, survey research studies, and other research-based solutions that can be implemented in today’s libraries. A more detailed outline appears below.

Proposals, including a 600-800 word abstract, should be submitted hereby August 19, 2019.  Notification of acceptance will occur by the end of September 2019.  Selected authors should expect to submit a full draft of their article no later than January
14, 2020.

Send questions to head editors Brian Lym and Corliss Lee 

Book Outline

The well-documented lack of diversity in the academic library workforce remains problematic, especially given growing expectations that the overall academic workforce be more representative of the increasingly diverse student bodies at our colleges and universities. That the lack of diversity
is especially notable among the professional ranks (librarians, library leadership, and administrators) is indicative of inequity of opportunities for people of color and “minoritized” ethnic groups.  Further, remediation of racial and ethnic diversity in the academic library workplace raises broader diversity issues, including individuals with identities outside the gender binary and other individuals who face discrimination due to their sexual orientation, disabilities, religious affiliation, military status, age, or other identities.

Emerging efforts to diversify the academic library workplace are pointedly raising issues of inclusion in libraries where demographic homogeneity has historically prevailed. With Implementing Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, we hope to capture emerging research and practice that demonstrates ways academic libraries and librarians can work with and within their institutions to create a more equitable and representative workforce.

Part 1:  Leveraging and Deploying Systemic and Bureaucratic/Structural Solutions

Since colleges and universities are hierarchical and complex systems with centralized and bureaucratic controls that can effect or impede transformative change, academic library leaders need to leverage and deploy formal structures and administrative resources to achieve DEI excellence.


·                     Recruitment and Hiring

·                     Retention and Advancement

·                     Professional Development and Support

·                     Assessment: Tracking DEI Progress

Part II:  Leveraging Collegial Networks, Politics, and Symbols:

Strengthening and Deepening Change for DEI Excellence
Acknowledging and deploying collegial networks, leveraging informal and formal political power, and symbolic resources to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion excellence in academic libraries.


·                     Navigating Collegial Networks and Normative Expectations

·                     Leveraging the Politics of Organizational Behavior

·                     (formal and informal power)

·                     Reinforcing the Message:  Deploying Change Through Deployment of Symbolic Activities

Friday, June 28, 2019

Call for abstracts for 2020 themed issue of New Review of Academic Librarianship: “Involving the community – engaging students in taking academic libraries forward”

The New Review of Academic Librarianship (NRAL) seeks abstracts for consideration for
2020 themed issue which will bring together papers from across the world on student engagement and academic libraries. The themed issue will focus on developments in student engagement for organisational change as well as services, infrastructures, and spaces. 
Guest editors are Olaf Eigenbrodt (Germany) and Karen Latimer (Northern Ireland) are working jointly on the 2020 themed issue which will bring together papers from across the world on student engagement and academic libraries. 

The deadline for submitting abstracts for consideration will be the 5th August 2019. More information on the topic, process and focus can be accessed from the journal’s web site.  If you need any further information, contact Olaf Eigenbrodt