Thursday, June 25, 2009

call for papers

_Cataloging & Classification Quarterly will be publishing a special issue on 21st-century challenges for library administrators in the management and strategic planning of operations and personnel in cataloging and metadata departments. The guest editor is looking for articles that articulate new directions and opinions, as well as case studies, related to re-visioning, repurposing, establishing efficiencies, and/or redirecting both workflows and personnel within cataloging and metadata departments. Articles that examine how to justify and/or defend what are commonly known as “behind-the-scenes” or “back-end” library operations and personnel in the current budget crisis are especially timely. The guest editor is looking for a wide range of international participation, so proposals from authors outside of the United States are encouraged. Articles can be of any length, and figures and screen shots are encouraged.

If you are interested in contributing, please send the guest editor your name, a short proposal of the topic, and a tentative title for the article. Deadline for proposals is September 1, 2009. Articles would be due to the guest editor by January 1, 2010. Any questions can be directed to the guest editor. Thank you.

Dr. Brad Eden
Guest editor, _Cataloging & Classification Quarterly_ Associate University Librarian for Technical Services and Scholarly Communication University of California, Santa Barbara

call for papers



College & Undergraduate Libraries, a Taylor & Francis peer-reviewed publication, invites proposals for articles to be published in a special issue addressing how libraries are being transformed from an information commons to a learning commons.

The issue will be edited by John S. Spencer of Gonzaga University ( and Christopher Millson-Martula of Lynchburg College ( In their pieces, authors should focus on those aspects of a library’s learning commons that highlight the development of services and programs that expand the learning environment beyond the information commons model which emphasizes library, technology, and media services. Authors are invited to submit articles/proposals for pieces such as:

1. theoretical, philosophical, or ideological discussions of the learning commons in general
2. opinion or position papers
3. case studies of libraries with a learning commons
4. collaboration or partnerships between librarians and other student support services
5. research studies dealing with the impact of a learning commons
6. annotated reviews of the literature.

We welcome proposals from librarians and faculty or other partners both individually and as teams. The proposal should consist of an abstract of 500 words together with all author contact information. Articles should run at least 20 double-spaced pages in length.

For additional information, please contact either editor. Please submit proposals to John Spencer by August 15, 2009. First drafts of accepted proposals will be due by November 15, 2009. Feel free to contact either of us with any questions you may have.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

getting published

Thanks Mark. Regarding what journal you might consider next Avril, Siobhan & myself have found the Emerald library journals a good publishing avenue and their journals are peer-reviewed. My experience is with "Library Review." I found the editor David McMenemy from the Library and Computer Centre at Strathclyde very helpful

What other journals have people had positive experiences with?

Writing an article for Sconul Focus


Helen asked me to contribute a short piece about an article I wrote for Sconul Focus recently. The link to the article is here. I work in UCD and did the Academic Writing course that Helen runs in Maynooth a year or so ago and at the time had a couple of ideas about what to write for my first real piece for a library publication. At the course, I developed the idea a bit more of writing something about my own experiences as a new librarian and wrote a synopsis of what I was going to cover. I then contacted Antony Brewerton, the editor of Sconul Focus, with the idea and he was interested, saying he would build an issue around the idea of new and changing librarianship. It took a good few drafts to get the final version, more drafts than I foresaw, but I found it a good experience to write and it was certainly beneficial to get other people's feedback before publishing it, as they saw things I wouldn't have seen. Sconul Focus is a good place to start I think, as you don't necessarily need background reading and references, and it is a pretty informal editorial process too. I'm wondering what to write about next now, I hope to go for a peer reviewed journal next, but getting the time is always the problem.

Anyway, the article is published now anyway and it wasn't too painful to write. I like the idea of having a job where I can write and be published, and be encouraged to do so. I studied English in college and have always loved reading and writing so I'm looking forward to being more active now in writing and this blog is a great help.



Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Yes you can......

Hi, just came across this short piece on academic writing -
Professional Publication: yes you can!
It's in the Journal of Academic Librarianship, 35,2 March 2009.

Monday, June 22, 2009

LIS publications Wikki


You might find the above wikki useful. The list of scholarly journals has quite a number of peer-reviewed titles I haven't encountered before and submission guidelines are included in the profiles.

call for poster abstracts

NAIRTL's 4th Bologna Symposium
Integrating generic competencies in the Curriculum

NAIRTL's 4th Symposium in the Bologna series will take place in
University College Cork on the 30th of September 2009. This symposium will examine how generic competences could be integrated, taught and assessed in Higher Education Institutes in Ireland and will include casestudies and examples from European and International leaders.

We wish to invite interested participants to submit a Poster abstract forthe symposium and suggest the following topics:

* Defining generic and subject specific competences
* Embedding competences in curricula - case studies
* Innovative assessment methods for measuring competences

The closing date for abstract submission is the 11th of September 2009.
The guidelines for submitting an abstract are available at by clicking
on the conference title.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

call for chapters

Gen-X Perspectives on Librarianship

Objective of Book:
The objective of this book is to view, critique and analyze what makes Gen-X librarians unique among other generations of librarians, what is unique or different about the professional situation of Gen-X librarians, what have Gen-X librarians contributed to the field, and what have they changed about the profession. In order to fully understand the X-Generation and librarianship, a variety of perspectives is needed.

Suggested Themes:
Emphasis will be placed on the themes of media representations and misrepresentations, work and leadership styles, technology, globalization, cultural shifts, class, and gender but the editors remain open to any theme that proves itself interesting, especially manuscripts that present something new and compelling.

Target Audience:
Librarians, library workers, and library school students, as well as library administrators who might find such a volume helpful in creating an inclusive and diverse workplace.

Selection Criteria:
All submissions received by the deadline will be reviewed by the editors. Editors will select submissions that speak or reveal the most about Generation X Librarians as a group and those that share the most insightful or individualized experiences and can relate those experiences to their generation. Only works of the utmost scholarly quality will be selected. Articles in scholarly sociology or cultural studies journals or university press monographs should serve as examples.

Submission Guidelines:
Submissions from a broad spectrum of librarians and library workers are welcome. We seek to be inclusive of all ages, library types (public, academic, or private libraries), geographies (rural, urban, international), sexual orientations, gender identities, and class backgrounds.

Deadline for summaries: August 30, 2009
Submit a brief summary (3 paragraphs maximum) and a short author’s statement or URLs where appropriate. Electronic submissions only to

Deadline for manuscripts: January 31, 2010
One electronic copy. Black-and-white artwork may be submitted in hard copy; author responsible for securing image copyright permissions.

Rebecca Tolley-Stokes
Charles C. Sherrod Library
East Tennessee State University
Johnson City, TN 37614
Fax: 423-439-5674

Call for papers

"Journal of Web Librarianship" seeks both practical communications and original, scholarly research about relevant topics in web librarianship.
Proposals for an upcoming special issue, "Library Intranets 2.0." are now being accepted.
Nina McHale, Assistant Professor and Web Librarian at the University of Colorado Denver, will be guest editing this special issue. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

-identifying/creating best practices for internal information sharing (formats, workflow, access control, etc.)
-2.0 tools for improving internal communication
-use of open source software, i.e., Drupal, MediaWiki, for library intranets
-use of proprietary products, i.e., Microsoft SharePoint
-migrating intranets, managing content
-failed intranets: lessons learned
-2.0 buy-in and staff training
-spanning physical distances: connecting consortium members, branches, etc.

Query letters and preliminary proposals are welcome if potential authors would like to discuss their ideas with the editors. Please submit queries and manuscripts to guest editor Nina McHale at
Please refer to the JWL web site, for Instructions for Authors.

Further information about this peer-reviewed international Taylor & Francis journal is available at