Monday, September 10, 2018

Call for Chapters - Visualising the Library

We would like to invite you to contribute a chapter for an upcoming book – working title:Visualizing
the Library: A Primer on visual research methods in Library and Information Sciences – edited by
Shailoo Bedi and Jenaya Webb in collaboration with Facet Publishing.

imelines:
Interested authors will be asked to submit a proposal for chapter contributions in the form of a 500 to 800 word abstract byOctober 31st , 2018.
Final chapter to editors due May 31st, 2019. Publication of the book is planned for January 2020.

Why contribute?
While various qualitative methods and ethnographic approaches have seen an increase in the library
and information sciences (LIS) literature, visual methods are only beginning to gain speed in the
discipline. This book would be the first on the topic of visual research methods in the field of LIS as
such we invite you to be part of this groundbreaking work.

The purpose of this book is to provide a strong theoretical and methodological context for the use of
visual research methods for information studies and to showcase examples of visual research methods
“in action”. As our users increasingly document, share, and narrate their lives through images on social
media, we seek to harness the power of images to understand their experiences in information spaces.

Book format:
  • Part 1 will be written by Shailoo Bedi and Jenaya Webb to provide an overview of visual Research
methods, a discussion of theoretical approaches to images, a survey of the types of visual research
methods in use in LIS and other disciplines, and a chapter on working with visual data.
·        Part 2 will showcase contributions from researchers and practitioners using visual research
methods in a variety of contexts (eg. galleries, libraries, archives, and museums).

Going beyond a step-by-step “how to” guide, this book will provide readers with practical approaches to
applying visual research methods as a methodological approach while providing a grounding in research
theories and the overarching theoretical foundations underpinning visual research methods. Thus, readers
will come away equipped to apply visual methods in their research and practice along with the ability to
frame their research in theory.

We hope the methodological and theoretical discussions in the book will inspire researchers, practitioners,
and students alike and help provide a rigorous and scholarly context for their work.

For more information:
If you are interested in this opportunity and would like to contribute, please contact Shailoo Bedi 
and Jenaya Webb with a brief expression of interest by September 30th, 2018.

Timelines:
Interested authors will be asked to submit a proposal for chapter contributions in the form of a 500 to 800 word abstract byOctober 31st , 2018.
Final chapter to editors due May 31st, 2019. Publication of the book is planned for January 2020.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Call for poster presentations on Open Access initiatives

Pomeranian Open Science Conference 26-27 September, 2018, Gdansk University of Technology, Poland
More Information 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Ringing the Ogoni Bells at Maynooth University Library

Just signed off on the cover design for the second edition of "Silence Would be treason: Last Writings of Ken Saro-Wiwa".
For those who haven't seen the first edition it is available on open access.

Listening again to Mark Dummett's keynote presentation  at Maynooth University Library  in 2017, on the  Amnesty International Report, on Shell's involvement in human rights violations in Nigeria in the 1990s,  I am really glad  Maynooth University Library, can play a key role in keeping the issues Ken Saro-Wiwa and his eight colleagues (Baribor Bera, Saturday Dobee, Nordu Eawo, Daniel Gbooko, Barinem Kiobel, and John Kpuine, Felix Nuate, Paul Levera) died for, in the public arena. 
We are fortunate to hold the death row correspondence of Ken Saro-Wiwa to Sister Majella McCarron (OLA), also artefacts (including an Ogoni flag, a MOSOP t-shirt, a MOSOP cap that belonged to Ken Saro-Wiwa, poems, photographs and other items connected with Ken Saro-Wiwa and the issues he and his colleagues campaigned for.
For more information on the collection click on our comprehensive guide

For our annual  Ken Saro-Wiwa November 2018 event at Maynooth University Library, we plan to launch the 2nd edition of "Silence Would be Treason," announce the 2019 Maynooth University Ken
Saro-Wiwa Bursary, run a Ken Saro-Wiwa poetry competition in local schools and launch a travelling Ken Saro-Wiwa 
exhibition.  More details to follow.

Organisations interested in hosting the exhibition should contact me

Helen Fallon
Deputy University Librarian