Wednesday, August 24, 2011

call for book chapters

Call for Chapter Proposals: The Library 2025

Are you an innovative librarian with administrative ambitions? Or are you already a dynamic new library dean or director? We want to hear your vision of the future of libraries: where you think things are -- or better yet, should be -- going. New and aspiring library leaders with a long view are invited to contribute to this upcoming edited volume of visionary essays from ALA Editions, The Library 2025, that will help to guide the profession into the future.
The proposal deadline is November 1, 2011. To propose a chapter, submit a one-page chapter abstract with a brief CV or resume and writing sample (in Word format) to Authors will be notified of acceptance on or before December 16, 2011, and will be expected to submit completed chapters by May 1, 2012.
--Book Abstract--
In an information environment where the only constant is change, many wonder where libraries are headed, if not into oblivion. This edited collection brings together the brightest new minds in the profession to share their fresh vision of the future of libraries. These promising current and future library administrators will have a significant impact in shaping this future. Drawing from their personal experiences, they bring their barrier-breaking perspectives to the task of reinventing the library. Through their essays, they answer the question: What should libraries look like in the future, what barriers exist, and how can we overcome them to realize the library of the future?

Library 2025 will gather together essays focusing on envisioned futures for all types of libraries. We seek chapter proposals from new library leaders – both those who occupy positions of authority and those who would like to lead a library later in their career. Chapters that focus on one aspect of libraries are welcomed, as are chapters that take a broad perspective. Chapter topics may include, but are not limited to:

* Leadership & Management (i.e., leadership theories, new staffing models)
* Services (i.e., next-generation reference services, liaison roles)

* Library as Place (i.e., information/learning commons, shared spaces)

* Collections & Access (i.e., new formats, purchasing models, resource sharing)

* Instruction & Literacy (i.e., Information, Functional, Transliteracy, Media, Visual)

* Outreach (i.e., marketing, non-legislative Advocacy)

* External Relations (i.e., collaborating with non-library organizations, community partnerships, donor cultivation)

* The Profession (i.e., LIS education, state/regional/national associations, DIY movements, professional expectations)

* The Political & Economic Environment (i.e., intellectual freedom, Legislative advocacy, our financial future)

* Publishing and Scholarly Communications (i.e., future of publishing, digital repositories, open access)

Inspired by the guiding questions of Evans and O’Connor’s The Future By Us: Young Leaders Imagine Australia Beyond 2020, each chapter should address:

* A notable experience that shaped the author’s perspective on the future of libraries;

* The current challenge(s) and/or future opportunity(ies) in the world of libraries related to the topic of the chapter;

* An idea and/or strategy to effect change;

* The potential hurdles, costs, and competing interests involved in this strategy, and how they can be negotiated; and

* The author’s vision of an ideal future library.

Inquiries can be made to either of the editors:
Eric Frierson, Library Digital Services Manager, St. Edward’s University and Ph.D. student in Managerial Leadership in the Information Professions at Simmons College.

Kim Leeder, Director of Library Services, College of Western Idaho, 2008 ALA Emerging Leader, Library Journal 2011 Mover & Shaker.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

call for book chapters

This is a call for proposals for chapters for an upcoming book titled “Workplace Culture in Academic Libraries: The Early Twenty-First Century.” This book will be edited by Kelly Blessinger and Paul Hrycaj of Louisiana State University and published by Chandos Press.

This book will focus on various aspects of workplace culture in academic libraries from the practitioners’ viewpoint, as opposed to that of the theoretician. Basic questions the book will be concerned with: What conditions contribute to an excellent academic library work environment? What helps to make a particular academic library a great place to work? Articles should focus on actual programs while placing the discussion in a scholarly context. Each article should minimally have an introduction, literature review, and conclusion. More research-based articles should also include a problem statement, methodology, and results. It will be preferable for authors to be current academic librarians, though articles from those who are not current practitioners will be acceptable as long as they are based on previous experience as a practitioner.

The editors have already approved chapter proposals from several invited authors, but we still have areas where proposals are needed. These areas are:

Staff morale: Interpersonal relations and attitudes: Staff organizations, social committees and other ways academic libraries can improve morale.

Mentoring/coaching: Creating pathways: Programs in place to match less-experienced librarians with more experienced librarians to provide personal assistance in their professional development.

Communication and information sharing: Wikis, intranets, retreats, and just plain talking: Different methods used to encourage communication pathways between staff members to increase awareness, retain knowledge, and prevent duplication of effort.

Staff motivation/incentives: Methods managers can use to motivate their staff (including practical examples) and innovative ways to provide incentives to staff in the absence of raises.

Adventures in shared management: Models from other universities: Innovations in less hierarchical and most holistic styles of management, how to empower workers by increasing their involvement in management and thereby their ownership of outcomes.

To submit a proposal, please submit the following by September 1, 2011 to Kelly Blessinger at
1) A one to two paragraph summary of your idea for a chapter
2) A current curriculum vitae

3) Citations to current works or a writing sample

Any additional questions can be directed to either editor:

Kelly Blessinger

Paul Hrycaj

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

call for presentations

Call for conference presentations & workshops
Birmingham City University Library and Learning Resources invite proposals and abstracts for papers, seminars and workshops our conference: Does Information Literacy Enhance the Student Experience? on Wednesday 7th December 2011.

The conference has three themes: Inspirations; Innovations; Collaboration, and we invite submissions for keynote presentations for each theme and seminars or workshops supporting each of the strands.

Abstracts should be up to 500 words with proposals indicating category (presentation, seminar or workshop).
Deadline for submission of proposals and abstracts is 16th September 2011. Successful submissions will be notified by 7th October 2011.

Please send submissions to: