Wednesday, September 28, 2011

call for papers

Journal of the Medical Library Association

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Journal of the Medical Library Association on Instruction in Health Sciences Libraries

To appear in this issue, scheduled for October 2012, papers should be received no later than February 15, 2012.

As the number of information resources increases, instructing users in the best way to find health-related information is becoming an even more essential role for health sciences librarians. At the same time, the challenges to delivering instruction in an era of search engines and mobile devices have been steadily growing. Recognizing both the importance of instruction and the challenges we face in teaching our users, MLA’s incoming president, Gerald Perry, has announced his intention to create an MLA Academy of Teaching Excellence. In support of this initiative, and to help create an evidence-based approach to improving instruction, the Journal of the Medical Library Association is planning to devote our October 2012 issue to papers that focus on providing instruction to users of biomedical information.

This issue, to be published in October 2012, will include invited papers summarizing the current state of the field. We also encourage submissions from those with innovative approaches willing to share those innovations with their peers. To be considered for this issue, papers must be submitted by February 15, 2012.

We particularly welcome submission of:

a. Brief Communications that describe an innovative instructional offering or teaching technique in a health sciences library, or to a group of biomedical library users. Papers should describe the innovation, including a brief literature review as well as information on the background of the instructors and the nature of the target user group, where appropriate. Data that allows the reader to judge the success of the innovation, such as pre and post tests and/or faculty evaluations, must be included with the submission. Examples of papers in this category include manuscripts describing a new technique to teach Medline, a new online course, a new technique for engaging students, or an experiment in providing instruction via mobile devices. Brief Communications are 1800 words or less.

b. Case studies that report on innovations related to developing and maintaining instructional programs in health sciences libraries. Papers submitted in this category should describe an innovation that affected multiple classes or instructional offerings. The manuscript should describe the problem the initiative was designed to solve, options considered and discarded, the setting in which it took place, the resources required to execute it (personnel, technology, etc.), the key characteristics of the program, and what would be required to sustain it for the long-term. Examples for this category include initiatives designed to integrate instruction into the curriculum or to train librarians in the use of instructional technologies, methodologies to provide instruction to user groups with particular challenges (e.g. reaching nurses with busy schedules), techniques for keeping classes up to date, etc. Data that allows the reader to judge the success of the initiative, such as user surveys, trends in class enrollments, or changes in the numbers or types of classes offered, must be included with the submission. Case studies are 3500 words or less.

c. Full-length research papers investigating a research question related to instruction in health sciences libraries. Research papers should use a standard quantitative or qualitative research design; quantitative studies should employ a sampling methodology that allows extrapolation to the larger population. Examples in this category would be papers comparing results of two different teaching techniques or comparing online and in person instruction, or studying the long term effects of providing training to medical students. There is a 5000-word limit for full-length papers.

To appear in this issue, scheduled for October 2012, papers should be received no later than February 15, 2012.

If you would like to discuss an idea for a paper, please contact Susan Starr, Editor, JMLA, at Further details on procedures for JMLA submissions can be found on our "Information for Authors" page,

Monday, September 12, 2011

Call for conference papers

Conference Program & Call for Abstracts


The Conference theme is: “Discovery”


The Organising Committee for the ALIA Biennial Conference 2012 invite abstract submissions relating to the themes outlined below. Submitted abstracts will be reviewed to decide who will be invited to give an oral presentation.

The deadline for submitting abstracts is Wednesday 30 November 2011.
Those who wish to submit an abstract for consideration by the Technical Program Committee must also intend to register for the Conference All abstracts submitted must be original work and not previously presented in any form at other or previously published
Only one abstract submission per person will be accepted
Authors of abstracts accepted for presentation are required to submit a full paper via the Conference website All submitted papers will be published after the Conference on the Conference website. PowerPoint presentations may also be submitted but are not an accepted substitute for the full paper submission

To submit an abstract for review or to edit an existing submission, please click on the button below. Please be sure to read the abstract guidelines before proceeding.

ABSTRACT GUIDELINESContent streams will be based on the following topic areas:
Digital Assets and Rights Management – Is it all gloom and doom? What are you doing and/or thinking about in discovering and managing resources?
Interesting things - Tell us about all things Bold, New and Different. What excites you right now? What do you think everyone should know about?
Spaces– Physical space, virtual space, mind space, outer space. What is your vision for libraries?
Connecting people with content – How are your collections and services discovered? What tools do you use? What tools would you like to use?
Opportunities – Discover the similarities and differences in our libraries. What interesting projects are occurring in health, law, TAFE, special, public, arts, school and academic libraries that can be shared by like minded and not-so like minded colleagues?
Valuing our services – Tell us your story about how your library proves worth. How do you know you are doing a good job?
Emerging Technologies – e-books, social networking, augmented reality. Is your library content discoverable wherever your clients are? How do these tools facilitate changes in your services?
Redesigning, Rediscovering, Rethinking, Rebooting – How does the changing nature of client behaviour etc influence the way we deliver our services? What sort of staff do libraries need?
Year of Reading - In the National Year of Reading 2012, what authors have inspired you, changed your life or simply been a great pleasure? [And get ready toparticipate in the Conference’s Twitter Reading Group!]
Submitted abstracts should be written in Arial style, 11 point font and should include:

Abstract Title
Author/s & Organisation/s
Indicate which topic or stream you are submitting under
Presenter/s Name
Postal address
E-mail address

Abstract (200 words minimum to 350 words maximum)Your abstract should be structured as follows:

All abstracts should adhere to the abstract template.

25 minute (including 5 minute Q&A) oral presentations will run during the Concurrent Sessions each day.

A Paper describes and discusses work the presenter is doing or has done in relation to theory and practice. Papers are generally delivered in a lecture style and will run for approximately 25 minutes (including 5 minutes for questions). The audience will be limited by room capacity. The room will be set in theatre style.
Thinking of something different?
If you have a suggestion on how to present your paper other than the traditional approach, please include details when submitting your abstract. You may wish, for example, to suggest a live broadcast, a panel of speakers, Q&A session, or a short burst of presentations from a number of speakers around a theme.

Abstracts are to be submitted online via the conference website. All abstracts will be reviewed by the Organising Committee to ensure quality and compatibility with the conference theme and areas of interest.

During the submission process you will need to indicate if you wish for your abstract to be peer reviewed.
Review process for Abstracts and Non-refereed Papers
Reviewers will rate and evaluate abstracts based on the following criteria:
Suitability to the conference themes
Importance and interest of the topic to delegates Demonstrated evidence of creativity, leadership and excellence in professional practice
Demonstrated evidence of successful or effective presentation style. For new presenters, suggest how you may approach your presentation
Final decisions on acceptances and on publication and presentation formats are the responsibility of the Technical Program Committee.

Peer Review and Refereeing Process
If you wish, you may submit a completed paper, in addition to the abstract proposal, for peer review and possible inclusion in the refereed conference publication.
Referees will be chosen from the library and information community and will be independent experts in their chosen field. Each paper submitted for refereeing will be submitted as a blind (unidentifiable) copy. Written comments are received from each referee for each paper. Papers requiring revision will be returned to authors for the required changes. At no time will the referees be informed of the identities of the authors whose papers they were assessing.

If you submit a paper for peer review, you should include:

Paper title

Abstract of 200 words minimum to 350 words maximum

Paper - 3000 to 5000 words using 11 point font in Arial.

Referencing in a format of the author's choice

(Note: the author's name(s) should not appear on the paper)


If your abstract is selected, oral presentations are not required in a given format. You should allow 25 minutes for your presentation followed by five minutes for questions.

Abstracts of all presentations accepted for inclusion in the Conference Program will be published as part of the conference program booklet to be issued at the commencement of the conference.


Abstract Submission Deadline 30 November 2011

Author Notification 23 January 2012

Refereed Paper Submission 23 March 2012

Final Submission of Refereed Papers 11 May 2012

Final Submission of Non-Refereed Papers 11 May 2012


Enquiries regarding abstracts can be directed to the Conference Organisers

ICE Australia Pty Ltd

183 Albion Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010

Telephone: +61 2 9368 1200


Friday, September 9, 2011

call for papers

Call for papers

Librasia 2012 - The Second Annual Asian Conference

on Literature and Librarianship 2012

06 to 08 April 2012

Osaka, Japan

Interdisciiplinary Academic Literature and
Librarianship Conference which celebrates the book
in the country which gave the world its first
novel. Conference theme: Exchanges and Encounters.

The deadline for CFP/abstracts/proposals is
01 December 2012.

Web address:
Sponsored by: The International Academic Forum (IAFOR)

call for papers

Call for Papers for Inaugural Issue of the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication

Submissions received by November 14, 2011 will receive priority consideration for the inaugural issue.
The Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication (ISSN 2162-3309) is a quarterly, peer-reviewed, open-access publication for original articles, reviews and case studies that analyze or describe the strategies, partnerships and impact of library-led digital projects, online publishing and scholarly communication initiatives.

The Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication provides a focused forum for library practitioners to share ideas, strategies, research and pragmatic explorations of library-led initiatives related to such areas as institutional repository and digital collection management, library publishing/hosting services and authors’ rights advocacy efforts. As technology, scholarly communication, the economics of publishing, and the roles of libraries all continue to evolve, the work shared in JLSC informs practices that strengthen librarianship. The Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication provides a shared intellectual space for scholarly communication librarians, institutional repository managers, digital archivists, digital data managers and related professionals.

The journal welcomes original research and practitioner experience papers, as well as submissions in alternative formats (e.g. video).

General topics of interest include:
Scholarly communication
Open Access
-Library as publisher and library/press partnerships; including, but not limited to:

---Emerging modes and genres of publication
---Organizational and business models

-Policy issues; including, but not limited to:

---Publishing/deposit mandates

---Impact of governmental or institutional policy

---Policy development for library services

-Digital collection management

-Institutional and discipline-specific repositories

-Digital curation

-Technological developments and infrastructure

-Intellectual property

-Resources, skills, and training

-Interdisciplinary or international perspectives on these issues

The inaugural issue of JLSC will focus on the theme of “Defining Scholarly Communication”.
Librarians and related professionals in the area of scholarly communication are engaged in a diverse array of initiatives and it is often challenging to present a cogent description of what defines “scholarly communication” as a field of study and practice. As such, the editors are seeking papers that expertly discuss and represent these core dimensions of scholarly communication: author rights advocacy, repository management, traditional and non-traditional publishing models, citation metrics, copyright management, digital collection development, and the impact of any of the above on the system of scholarly exchange and reward (e.g. tenure and promotion). Submissions that describe or critique the ways in which libraries are engaging with these activities - and the ways in which these individual topics contribute to the broader field of “scholarly communication” - are encouraged.

Contributions may be submitted to any of the following categories:
-Research Articles
-Practice Articles
-Theory Articles
-P2 (Post-Peer) Review
-Reviews of Books and Products

(For full descriptions of these categories, see

Grey literature (e.g. conference papers, presentations, white papers, etc.) may be revised and submitted for review and publication in JLSC if all copyrights still reside with the submitting author(s). Submissions that are substantially similar to material already available to the public (through a peer-reviewed or non-peer-reviewed venue) will not be accepted, but may be proposed as the focus of a P2 review.

For more information about JLSC, please visit

Marisa Ramirez
Digital Repository Librarian
Robert E. Kennedy Library, Rm 104A
California Polytechnic State University
Voice: 805.756.7040

Monday, September 5, 2011

call for papers

Call for papers

We are currently seeking content for volume 63 (2012) of The Serials Librarian, the journal for continuing print and electronic resources published by Taylor and Francis and affiliated with NASIG.

Although we are keen to see scholarly articles on any aspect of continuing resources (acquisition, promotion, cataloguing, development), we are also on the look-out for information on projects relating to serials management from around the world, especially from Europe, Australasia, and Asia. We have opportunities for authors to contribute material to our popular columns which exist on a range of subjects, and would welcome case studies on how your institutions and organisations are currently monitoring and managing your collections.

Finally, we would welcome contributions from our colleagues in publishing to give a different perspective to that of the subscriber or end-user. We are not looking for articles or pieces which promote a particular company, but would welcome approaches from this sector.

You may view the Instructions for Authors at

Please contact editors Louise and Andrew at in the first instance with your ideas and proposed submissions intended for The Serials Librarian.

call for book chapters

Working title
Information Literacy and Social Justice: Radical Professional Praxis (An Edited Collection)

Shana Higgins and Lua Gregory are instruction and reference librarians at the University of Redlands.


In her award winning essay “Information Literacy and Reflective Pedagogical Praxis,” Heidi L.M. Jacobs draws out the inherent democratizing and social justice elements of information literacy as defined in the “Alexandria Proclamation On Information Literacy and Lifelong Learning.” She suggests that because of these underlying social justice elements, information literacy “is not only educational but also inherently political, cultural, and social” (258). We propose to extend the discussion of information literacy and its social justice aspects that James Elmborg, Cushla Kapitzke, Maria T. Accardi, Emily Drabinski, and Alana Kumbier, and Maura Smale have begun. If we consider the democratizing values implicit in librarianship’s professional ethics (such as intellectual freedom, social responsibility, diversity, democracy and privacy, among others) in relation to the sociopolitical context of information literacy, we will begin to make intentional connections between professional advocacy and curriculum and pedagogy. We hope this book will encourage a renewal of professional discourse about libraries in their social context, through a re-activation of the “neutrality debate,” as well as through an investigation of what it means for a global citizen to be information literate in late capitalism.

Objective of book:
This edited collection, to be published by Library Juice Press in Fall 2012, poses the following questions: What are the limits of standards and outcomes, such as ACRL’s [i.e. Standard 1.2 The information literate student identifies a variety of types and formats of potential sources for information.], in fitting information literacy instruction to the complex contexts of information in the real world? Would the teaching of social justice and the democratizing values of the library profession strengthen critical information literacy in the classroom? And how do we balance the need to teach search skills and critical information literacy in our instructional efforts?

Target audience:
The target audience for this book includes instruction librarians, library instruction program coordinators, faculty and instructors interested in information literacy, and all librarians interested in the political, economic, social, and cultural contexts of the production, dissemination, suppression, and consumption of information.

Possible topics:
We encourage proposals on the intersections of information literacy instruction with the democratizing values of the library profession.
• Possible topics may include information literacy aspects of media coverage of war and embedded journalism, renewal of the Patriot Act, market-based censorship, for-profit libraries (Library Systems & Services), EPA library closures and access to environmental information, immigrants and library access, Wikileaks and government censorship, corporate censorship, anti-communism and anti-socialism in the media, classification of government documents, international and comparative studies on censorship, First Amendment protection to whistleblowers and the press, British Petroleum and oil spill research, global warming censorship, and library database mergers.

• Examples of information literacy sessions focusing on the above topics and/or framed by democratizing and social justice values of the library profession. Examples can also be aimed at specific disciplines.
• Discussions of theories/theorists (e.g. Noam Chomsky, Edward S. Herman, C. Wright Mills, Paulo Friere, Peter McClaren, etc.) and their usefulness in illuminating sociopolitical contexts of information within the classroom.
• Discussions on the “neutrality debate” in light of the sociopolitical and cultural context of information.
Submission Guidelines:

Please submit abstracts and proposals of up to 500 words to by September 15, 2011. Notifications will be sent by November 1 and manuscripts from 1,500-7,000 words will be due by March 1, 2012.