Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Scholarship - Association of Jewish Libraries

The Association of Jewish Libraries is pleased to announce scholarships of $1000 to students enrolled or accepted in a graduate school of library and information science.

Prospective candidates should have a knowledge of and interest in Jewish Studies, and demonstrate the potential, ability, and intention of pursuing a career in Judaica Librarianship.

You must provide proof of acceptance for the next academic year or proof of current enrollment in:

* An ALA accredited library school in the United States or Canada


* An accredited library school in either the United Kingdom, Australia, or New Zealand or
* The graduate library school program at Bar Ilan University


Documentation showing:

* Completion of Jewish Studies courses at an academic level


* Extensive participation in less formal Jewish Studies


* Experience working in Judaica libraries


* Any combination of the above


A short statement of 200/300 words highlighting the extent of your participation in Judaic studies, in libraries, and other relevant experiences. Relate how you feel your involvement in such activities might be reflected in your future career in library and information science.

Please note that you may apply for this scholarship more than once but you may receive it only once during your graduate library school career.


APRIL 1, 2011

1. Completed application form online, via email to the Scholarship Co-Chair, available on the AJL website at

2. Documentation of acceptance or enrollment in one of the qualified graduate library school programs mentioned above. Transcripts and/or letters on official letterhead, submitted via regular surface mail, will be accepted as documentation.

3. Documentation of Jewish studies completed at an academic or less formal level or of experience working in Judaica libraries. Transcripts and/or letters on official letterhead, submitted via regular surface mail, will be accepted as documentation.

4. Personal statement as a Word or rtf document, via email to the Scholarship Co-Chair.

Please submit a short statement (200/300 words) highlighting the extent of your participation in Judaic studies, in libraries, and other relevant experiences. Relate how you feel your involvement in such activities might be reflected in your future career in library and information science.


APRIL 1, 2011

Submit application and supporting materials to:

Shulamith Z. Berger, Co-Chair

AJL Scholarship Award

c/oYeshiva University Archives

500 W. 185th St.

New York, NY 10033

Phone no.: 212-960-5451

Fax no.: 212-960-0066


Further information may be obtained by addressing the scholarship co-chair at any of the contact points mentioned above.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Scholarship - SAA

Do you need financial assistance to attend SAA's Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL from August 22-27, 2011? Apply for the 2011 Donald Peterson Student Scholarship Award! The award includes up to $1,000 in support of registration, travel, and accommodation expenses associated with the SAA conference. For all the details and eligibility, keep reading! The deadline to apply is February 28, 2011.

Donald Peterson Student Scholarship Award

Purpose and Criteria for Selection:
Established in 2005, this award supports students and recent graduates from graduate archival programs within North America to attend SAA's Annual Meeting. The goal of the scholarship is to stimulate greater participation in the activities of the Association by students and recent graduates. This participation must include either a presentation of research during the Annual Meeting or active participation in an SAA-sponsored committee, section, or roundtable.

Awarded to an SAA member in good standing who is currently enrolled in an archival education program or who graduated from an archival education program in the previous calendar year. Applications are evaluated based on the merits of the applicant's essay and letters of recommendation.

Sponsor and Funding:
The Society of American Archivists, in honor of Donald Peterson (1908-1999), New York lawyer and philatelist, whose deep appreciation of world history and preservation developed early through his stamp collecting and held true throughout his life.

Up to $1,000 in support of registration, travel, and accommodation expenses associated with the SAA Annual Meeting.

First Awarded:

Application Form and Documentation:
Submit three copies of the following to the address on the application form:
1. A 500-word essay describing the applicant's career goals and potential impact on the archival profession.
2. Unofficial transcript to verify student status or copy of graduate diploma.
3. Two letters of recommendation from individuals having definite knowledge of the applicant's qualifications.
4. Application form (available at

Application Deadline:
February 28, 2011

Please contact Peterson Student Scholarship Award Committee Chair Dr. Gerald Chaudron at with any questions.

Brenda L. Burk, Philanthropic Studies Archivist
Philanthropy Archives at IUPUI University Library
755 West Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Direct Line: 317.278.2329
Archives Reference: 317.274.0464

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

CFP - Southern Cultures

Southern Cultures, the award-winning and peer-reviewed quarterly from
UNC’s Center for the Study of the American South, has opened an online
reading room.

During the last decade, we've published over 80 essays and features that
have addressed aspects of Kentucky culture and history. Over 60,000
readers at more than 1400 colleges and universities in nearly 70 countries
already have accessed our content online. Our readers include scholars and
students of history, labor, film, sociology, literature, politics, women
and gender studies, economics, art, environment, oral histories, religion,
African American studies, American Indian Studies, and many other
subjects. We offer complimentary CDs and DVDs to teachers and students
for use in college classrooms.

Our content from the last decade is available by subject at

We also would like to encourage submissions from scholars of Kentucky
culture and history. For submission guidelines and more information,
please visit


Dave Shaw
Executive Editor, Southern Cultures
UNC's Center for the Study of the American South
CB# 9127, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-9127

Webinar - The Three S's of Electronic Resource Management: Systems, Standards and Subscriptions

NISO's first webinar for 2011, to be held on January 12 from 1:00 to 2:30
p.m. (Eastern), will feature "The Three S's of Electronic Resource
Management: Systems, Standards and Subscriptions."


Electronic Resource Management (ERM) encompasses a variety of practices and
services that impact library staff and patrons. In this session, three
panelists from the system vendor, subscription agent, and academic library
communities converge to discuss benefits and challenges of "three S's"
integral to ERM: systems, standards and subscriptions.

This high-level overview is ideal for libraries that might be considering
ERM solutions and existing ERM libraries that would benefit with an update
on current developments.


. The First S: Standards for Organizing and Distributing Information
Todd Carpenter, Managing Director, NISO, will give an overview of current
standards relevant to ERM and implementation challenges for stakeholder.

. The Second S: Systems for Electronic Resource Management
Bob McQuillan, Senior Product Manager, Innovative Interfaces, will review
ERM systems and their benefits for both library staff and patrons.

. The Third S: Subscriptions to Electronic Resources
Oliver Pesch, Chief Strategist, E-Resources, EBSCO Information Services,
will discuss the evolving role of electronic resource subscription services
and the benefits to customers.


Registration is per site (defined as access for one computer). NISO and
NASIG members may register at a discounted rate. A student discount is also
available. Can't make it on the scheduled date or time? Registrants receive
access to the recorded version for one year, which can be viewed at your

For more information or to register, visit the event webpage:

Cynthia Hodgson
NISO Technical Editor Consultant
National Information Standards Organization
Phone: 301-654-2512

Free webinars - Preservation

Did you attend one of the IPI Sustainable Preservation Practices Workshops and want follow-up information? Did you miss a workshop but still want to take advantage of the series? The schedule of project webinars is now available. This is a series of free on-line presentations, five regional and four topical, focused on the practical application of sustainable practices in collecting institutions. Designed for collections care and facilities staff, each webinar is 90 minutes long and requires only a computer and an internet connection. Our goal is to enable staff in cultural institutions to avoid risks to collections while they support sustainability efforts and pursue opportunities for energy cost reduction. Anyone can participate in any or all of the follow presentations:

* Managing the Storage Environment in the Northeastern Region: Register Now!
January 12, 2011 (2:00-3:30pm EST)

* Understand Your Climate Control System: Register Now!
February 16, 2011 (2:00-3:30pm EST)

* Managing the Storage Environment in the Midwestern Region: Register Now!
March 9, 2011 (2:00-3:30pm EST)

* Environmental Data Analysis – Tips and Tricks: Register Now!
March 23, 2011 (2:00-3:30pm EST)

* Managing the Environment to Improve Preservation Quality: Register Now!
April 13, 2011 (2:00-3:30pm EST)

* Managing the Storage Environment in the Southeastern Region: Register Now!
May 11, 2011 (2:00-3:30pm EST)

* Sustainable Preservation Practices: Register Now!
May 25, 2011 (2:00-3:30pm EST)

* Managing the Storage Environment in the Western Region: Register Now!
June 15, 2011 (2:00-3:30pm EST)

Each presentation is on a Wednesday, from 2:00 to 3:30 PM Eastern Standard Time. Visit to sign up or to learn more about the series. This series is organized and presented by the Image Permanence Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology, and funded by an Education & Training grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Internship- Preservation

GRANT FUNDED, Temporary 12 week assignment
Gaylord Brothers Preservation Internship

Syracuse University Library is pleased to announce the Gaylord Brothers Preservation Internship. This grant funded internship is intended to give current graduate students and recent graduates of preservation/conservation programs the opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge of care and treatment of library and archives materials in an academic library. Interns will learn about the overall functioning and organization of the Department of Preservation and Conservation and will undertake and complete a project based on their interests and skills, and the needs and capabilities of Syracuse University Library. The intern will also visit Gaylord Brothers to learn about the archival supply market and see how products are manufactured.

Qualifications The internship provides a $5,000 stipend (taxable) as well as support for attending the AIC Annual Conference. Gaylord will pay all required registration fees and reasonable expenses, including but not limited to hotel, transportation, and meals. In exchange for accepting this support to attend AIC, the intern will assist in staffing the Gaylord Booth at the conference during breaks.

For more information about the Department of Preservation and Conservation log onto:

Applicants must be able to demonstrate bookbinding and conservation skills with actual treatment examples and documentation before the anticipated start date of this internship. Models may be submitted in addition to the actual treatments.

The intern will offer one hands-on workshop of regional interest at Syracuse University Library.

At the end of the internship, the intern will submit a final article/report about their project that can be used in Library and Gaylord publicity.

To apply for the Gaylord Brothers Preservation Internship please submit the following items along with your online application: cover letter; current resume; contact information for two professional references (include address, phone number and e-mail address); statement of interest (include projects of interest and your long term professional goals); description of your program including requirements and course descriptions (indicating the classes you have completed).

Responsibilities Applicants should be current students or recent graduates of a program of library/archives preservation administration or conservation, art conservation with some experience in books and paper, or equivalent such as The North Bennet Street School.

Applicants must commit to 12 consecutive weeks of full-time employment as interns. Scheduling of the internship dates is flexible. The internship carries with it a stipend of $5000. 37.5 hours per week; flexible schedule; 12 week assignment .

To apply and view all other HR related details please go to:


Then click on Temporary Opportunities to view the formalities of the listing and to apply.

Applicants will need to provide proof of work eligibility in the US.

Note: While no closing date is given, we will begin reviewing applications by the end of January 2011.

Please feel free to contact Peter Verheyen with any questions. Contact information is below.

We welcome your applications.

Peter D. Verheyen
Head of Preservation and Conservation
Syracuse University Library
Syracuse, NY 13244

Monday, December 13, 2010

Scholarship - 2011 Lucille M. Wert Scholarship

Call for Applications: 2011 Lucille M. Wert Scholarship –
Deadline: February 1, 2011

Designed to help persons with an interest in the fields of Chemistry and Information to pursue graduate study in Library, Information, or Computer Science, the Scholarship consists of a $1,500 honorarium. This scholarship is given yearly by the Division of Chemical Information of the American Chemical Society.

The applicant must have a bachelor’s degree with a major in Chemistry or related disciplines (related disciplines are, for example, Biochemistry or Chemical Informatics). The applicant must have been accepted (or currently enrolled) into a graduate Library, Information, or Computer Science program in an accredited institution. Work experience in Library, Information or Computer Science preferred.

The deadline to apply for the 2011 Lucille M. Wert Scholarship is February 1, 2011. Details on the application procedures can be found at: and once there click on “Awards” and then click on “Lucille M. Wert Student Scholarship”.

Applications (email preferred) can be sent to:

Contact address:
Marge Matthews

CINF Awards Committee
633 Dayton Rd.
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-3801
Phone: 215-823-3922

CFP: Next Generation Learning Landscapes, Next Generation Learners

CFP: Next Generation Learning Landscapes, Next Generation Learners (Special issue call for papers from Reference Services Review)

Reference Services Review (RSR) is seeking authors to write on the theme of learning landscapes and the new reality. The theme issue - - Volume 39 Number 3, will be published in August 2011. Completed manuscripts will be due by April 1, 2011. Manuscripts are evaluated using a double-blind peer review process. Authors can expect to work on major and/or minor revisions in late April and early May 2011.

The journal is pre-published through Emerald EarlyCite

and issues are made available before the official publication date. More details about the journal, including author guidelines are at:

Learning Landscapes encompass the physical and virtual spaces where today’s library users encounter information and learn to use it effectively.

Papers might focus on
· The interplay of physical and virtual learning landscapes and what this means for teaching, reference, collaboration, and management – new learners, new faculty, and new roles;
· The impact of library/information commons’ spaces on learning, service design and delivery, collections, and library administration – planning, implementation, assessment, re-examination and evolution;
· Research on user expectations, needs and perceptions as next generation users interact with next generation information environments – what do library staff need to know to meet their needs? and
· Other aspects of learning, working and researching at the intersection of place and placelessness where libraries exist in the digital age.

Send expressions of interest, proposals, abstracts or inquiries to:

Margy MacMillan:
Sarah Barbara Watstein:

Reference Services Review (RSR) is a quarterly, refereed, international journal dedicated to the enrichment of reference knowledge and the advancement of reference and library user services.

RSR covers all aspects of reference and library user services, including reference, instruction, and user service design, delivery, management and assessment; marketing and communication; user populations; electronic services; virtual reference services; cooperative reference services; existing and emerging technologies and their intersection with service design and delivery; service forecasting; standards, guidelines and best practices; performance of reference and user services providers; and professional competencies for reference and user services librarians.

RSR prepares its readers to understand key trends and to respond to critical challenges affecting reference functions, instructional services and the information needs of library users. RSR contributors draw on current research and practice; their own considerable expertise, experience and perspectives; and the expertise of their home communities to identify issues, practices and technologies that are relevant to service design, delivery, management and assessment.

RSR articles include research papers, technical papers, conceptual papers, case studies, literature reviews, and reviews of previously published research on a wide number of topics. Commentary, including point/counterpoint articles, is also welcome. Mini theme and theme issues support the more detailed exploration of topics. A diverse mix of authors and contributors enhance the journal’s value, as does an international team of editorial advisors.

CFP: Academic Libraries 2011-Innovate, Collaborate, Connect

CFP: Academic Libraries 2011-Innovate, Collaborate, Connect (Grand Rapids, Michigan)

The Michigan Library Association and Academic Libraries 2011 Work Group are pleased to announce MLA's second two-day event for academic library professionals, Academic Libraries 2011: Innovate, Collaborate, Connect. The event will be held on May 5-6, 2011 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand
Rapids, Michigan.

The AL2011 Work Group is accepting proposals for presentation at this event. For more information, and to download an application, see Proposals will be accepted through
November 30, 2010.

Academic Libraries 2011: Innovate, Collaborate, Connect will build on the success of 2010's two-day event, and is specifically designed with fellow academic library colleagues in mind. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from their peers and hear two outstanding keynote speakers: Rick Anderson from the University of Utah, and Steven J. Bell from Temple University.

Please visit the event website for additional information:

Thank you, and we hope to see there.

Academic Libraries 2011 Work Group
Jennifer Dean ( & Beth Johns (, Co-Chairs

CFP - PIUG 2011 Annual Conference

PIUG 2011 Annual Conference - Call for Papers

We are pleased to announce the call for papers for the PIUG 2011 Annual Conference to be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Cincinnati, OH on May 21 - 26, 2010. The theme for this 23rd annual meeting is "Best Practices Beyond Free-text: The Value of Indexing and Classification when Searching and Analyzing Patents".

We are particularly interested in papers from information users within corporations, patent offices, law firms, universities, individual or small consultancies and others who are able to discuss one of the following topics:
Indexing and Classification Best Practices in Patent Search, Analysis and Visualization – For this we want to hear from patent information professionals who have worked in areas considered to be the best practices for searching, analysis and visualization of patent information.

New Frontiers and Emerging Technologies in Indexing and Classification – This session will focus on examples of what’s new and what’s on the horizon for indexing and classification, especially with regards to incorporation and implementation of new technologies and tools.

Indexing and Classification, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly – Case studies on the uses of indexing and classification codes in everyday patent searching including tales of woe or success stories that could not have happened without the use of specific coding, comparative examples of the utility of various coding systems and examples of when one coding system should be used over another.

The History and Current Process of Indexing and Classification – For this session we are interested in speakers who can enlighten us as to the birth and development of the Indexing and Classification schema we rely on so heavily as information professionals. We are particularly interested in receiving submissions from actual indexers and classification practitioners.

Indexing and Classification in End User/Client Interactions and Education – If Indexing and Classification is a mysterious art to many information professionals, it’s an unknown art to our clients and customers. We are interested in hearing about examples where educating our clients in this area has benefited both them and us.
Patent Office Updates – This session will focus on updates with regards to advances and changes in the practices of both major and minor patent offices. Talks from patent office staff, patent office liaisons as well as others having practical knowledge of this aspect are invited.

Patent Law Updates – Patent prosecution and litigation are affected by various court decisions and changes both in the law and from rulings and procedures from the patent offices. In turn, patent information professionals must be aware of these changes and how they affect methods and strategies to insure effective retrieval of proper information. Talks from patent attorneys, patent agents as well as others having practical knowledge of this aspect are invited.

Non-Patent Literature – Non-patent literature is a critical part of the patent information professional’s work. We are interested in hearing from those who have worked in areas considered to be the best practices for searching, analysis and visualization of non-patent information.

The Patent Information Professional – In this session we are interested in hearing from patent information professionals on topics that currently define or may define in the future the role of a patent information professional. For example, topics may include, but are not limited to, best practices, atypical roles for patent professionals in a large organization, starting an independent consultancy and certification.

If the above or related themes fall into your area of expertise or interest then we would like to hear from you!
In addition, the program will contain a session based on the popular and successful round table format used in the 2010 Annual Meeting. If you are interested in participating in the organization of the round table session, would like to suggest topics you feel would be of interest to the PIUG community at large or would like to lead the discussion at one of the tables please let us know.

Please send your presentation title, abstract, proposed speaker name, company name, brief biography and full contact information to bbridgewater @ (remove spaces) on or before February 5, 2011 for full consideration.

If you think you may be interested in speaking but require management approval beforehand, please let us know so that we can begin to consider your general proposal for a paper in the meantime (submission of just a few descriptive sentences will be sufficient). If you already have management approval to attend the 2011 meeting as a speaker please indicate this in your submission.

The organizers reserve the right to accept abstracts at their discretion in order to assemble the best possible program. Invited speakers may take precedence over other speakers. Please be advised that your abstract submission may be published on the Internet or elsewhere, shortly after receipt or at any time thereafter. Therefore, do not include confidential or business-sensitive information in your abstract.

If you would like to make a recommendation for a speaker on a particular topic or suggest another topic of interest, we would appreciate hearing from you. Please do not hesitate to contact the 2011 PIUG Annual Conference organizers with your views.

Further news about the program and updates regarding the conference will be posted on the PIUG Discussion Forum (PIUG-DF) and on the PIUG 2011 Annual Conference web pages.
Thank you for your consideration. We look forward to seeing you at the PIUG 2011 Annual Conference in Cincinnati.

Brian Bridgewater
Chair - Program Committee
bbridgewater @

CFP: ILDS 2011 (12th Interlending and Document Supply Conference)

CFP: ILDS 2011 (12th Interlending and Document Supply Conference)

The IFLA Document Delivery and Resource Sharing Standing Committee invites papers for the 12th Interlending and Document Supply Conference to be held 19 - 21 September 2011 in Chicago, USA.

The conference theme is "Resource Sharing in the Digital Age" and the following topics are of particular interest for papers:

* Resource sharing activities of all types, including: interlibrary loan, cooperative collection development, cooperative reference, direct borrowing, consortial programs, and shared licensing/purchasing of
electronic resources
* International resource sharing concerns, such as: delivery methods, payment options, interoperability of systems, computer standards
* Intellectual property rights in different countries or regions, especially as they pertain to electronic resources
* Open source systems and their role in resource sharing
* Innovative approaches or trends in resource sharing in all types of libraries or in any part of the world


Proposals for papers should be sent to Rose Goodier at no later than 31 January 2011 and include the following details:

* Author(s) name, title, institution, and contact information
* Brief biographical sketch
* Title of paper
* Abstract (100 to 250 words)

The IFLA Document Delivery and Resource Sharing Standing Committee (hereafter, the SC) has sole responsibility for the final conference programme. All accepted papers must be:
* Presented at the conference in English by at least one of the authors
* Original contributions, i.e., not previously published or under review for publication elsewhere
* Peer-reviewed by the SC and published in the full conference proceedings


31 January 2011 - Proposals due to SC
31 March 2011 - SC notifies authors whether proposal was accepted
31 July 2011 - Completed papers submitted by approved speakers

Please note that expenses of attending the conference, including travel, hotel, and conference registration fees will be the responsibility of the authors and at least one of the authors must attend the conference to present the paper.

Mary A. Hollerich
Lewis University Library
1 University Parkway
Romeoville, IL 60446
847-275-0666 (cell)

CFP: Online Instruction (Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning)

CFP: Online Instruction (Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning)

Just a reminder that the Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning is accepting submissions for a special issue that is due out next year. Please see the following for complete details.

The Journal of Library & Information Service in Distance Learning, a peer-reviewed journal published by Routledge. The journal is devoted to the issues and concerns of librarians and information specialists involved with distance education and delivering library resources and services to this growing community of students.

For this special issue of the journal, we are seeking submissions of manuscripts on trends in online instruction.
If you are interested in submitting an article, send the manuscript directly to the Guest Editor, Bill Denny at by February 4, 2011. Inquiries and questions are welcome.

Please note: We accept manuscript submissions through the year. The deadline mentioned above is the date we need your manuscript for possible inclusion in our next published issue. Accepted and approved manuscripts received after this date have no guarantee of being included in the next published issue.

Instructions for authors are available at or can be emailed to you directly.


Jodi W. Poe, Editor
Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning
Associate Professor, Head of Technical Services
Houston Cole Library
Jacksonville State University
700 Pelham Road North
Jacksonville, AL 36265-1602
TEL: (256) 782-8103
FAX: (256) 782-5872

CFP - Succession Planning and Implementation in Libraries: Practices and Resources

Succession Planning and Implementation in Libraries: Practices and Resources Call for Chapters

Kiyomi D. Deards, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Gene R. Springs, Rutgers University

Call for Chapters:
Proposals Submission Deadline: December 3, 2010
Full Chapters Due: March 31, 2011

Succession planning concerns methods of transitioning from the out-going employee to their replacement. In most cases, succession planning is used in the context of replacing the leader of an organization. The majority of the existing literature focuses on the preparation and promotion of internal candidates, and how to choose a replacement. This publication will expand the literature by focusing on the importance of the development of library culture, policies, and documentation as integral parts of succession planning.

Objective of the Book
As leaders in the library community change jobs or retire, the need for thoughtful development of library culture, policies, and documentation are necessary to develop effective leaders and ensure smooth transitions of power. This publication will add to the existing literature by addressing key components of succession planning providing a thoughtful overview of methods to ensure successful changes in leadership. The unique characteristics of this book are its focus on creation of policy, documentation, and the development of professional library culture.

Target Audience
The prospective audience for this book will be: college, university and research libraries, library and information science faculty concerned with management issues, human resources officers, personal officers, organizational officers, administrators, librarians, library and information science students, and others interested in library leadership issues.
Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

Succession Planning: The Importance
Strategic Planning
Communities of Practice
Protecting Professionalism
Advancement and Retention
International Librarianship
The Future

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before December 3, 2010, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by December 20, 2010 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by March 15, 2011. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2012.

Important Dates
December 3, 2010: Proposal Submission Deadline
December 20, 2010: Notification of Acceptance
March 15, 2011: Full Chapter Submission
June 10, 2011: Review Results Returned
July 20, 2011: Final Chapter Submission
August 7, 2011: Final Deadline

Editorial Advisory Board Members
Jon Cawthorne, San Diego State University, USA
Joan Giesecke, University of Nebraska Lincoln, USA
Beth McNeil, Purdue University, USA
Maureen Sullivan, Maureen Sullivan Associates, USA

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document)
Kiyomi D. Deards
University of Nebraska Lincoln
N219 Love Library, PO Box 884100, Lincoln NE 68588-4100
Tel.: 402-472-2554 • Fax: 402-472-5181

CFP - Microform and Digitization Review

Beginning with the first issue of 2011, Microform & Imaging Review will have a new name:

Microform and Digitization Review
Preservation and Access Issues for Cultural Heritage Institutions

The new name reflects the true scope of the journal and its audience. Although not peer-reviewed, the journal reaches an international audience, and articles are published soon after submission. Sample articles are available at:

The editor is seeking authors to write on variety of topics:

- Case studies of innovative digitization projects (use of specialized digitization equipment, web 2.0 features, etc.)
- Digitization and/or microfilm projects in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, or South America
- Digital preservation
- Digitization of museum collections
- Digitization of special formats (videos, newspapers, maps, etc.)
- Microfilm as a component of a digitization project (e.g., as a preservation format)

The next two deadlines for submitting articles are January 25 and April 20.

Please email queries and proposals to the journal editor, Ken Middleton, at

CFP - CFP: Annual Joint Conference of the Popular Culture and American Culture

CFP: Annual Joint Conference of the Popular Culture and American Culture/SWPCA Associations: Biographies Area

San Antonio, Texas: April 20-23, 2011
Proposal Deadline: December 15, 2010

The annual joint conference of the Popular Culture and American Culture Associations/SWPCA will be held in San Antonio, Texas: April 20-23, 2011.

The Biography Area of the Popular Culture Association welcomes submissions from scholars of various disciplines.

The Biography and Popular Culture Area will examine the connections between biography and popular culture. Papers and full panel presentations regarding any aspect of popular culture and biography are encouraged.

Potential topic might include:
-Biography and entertainment, art, music, theater
-Biography and film
-Biography and criminal justice
-Television programs about biography
-Biography and urban legends
-Biography and folklore
-Biography and literature
-Scholarly Biography
-Controversial Biography
-Psychoanalysis and Biography
-Historical Biography
-Political Biography

Prospective presenters should send a one-page abstract and a one-page vitae to Susie Skarl via email: by December 15, 2010.

For more information on the PCA/ACA Conference, please visit the official website:

CFP - Memories of Conflict and Disaster: Oral History and the Politics of Truth, Trauma, and Reconciliation.

2011 OHA Annual Meeting
October 12-16, 2011
Renaissance Denver Hotel
Denver, Colorado

"Memories of Conflict and Disaster: Oral History and the Politics of Truth, Trauma, and Reconciliation."

Call for Papers

The Oral History Association invites proposals for papers, panels, roundtables, and presentations for its 2011 annual meeting to be held October 12-16, 2011, at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver, Colorado.

The 2011 OHA Annual Meeting is being held a month after the 10th anniversary of 9/11/2001. The past century has spawned more than this one grave event; 9/11 was one of a myriad of natural and manmade conflicts and disasters that have occurred throughout the world in the recent and more distant past. So
naturally, the theme of this meeting reflects these timely topics. And as the subtitle suggests, we have lent a particular ear to the interpretation and preservation of these events in light of the search for truth, the
documentation of trauma, and the quest for reconciliation.

Cataclysmic conflicts and disasters destroy people and property. They also, however, offer the prospect of change and rebirth. Leaders seemingly try but rarely succeed to learn lessons from these types of events; ordinary people tell, gather, and preserve individual stories of loss, survival, resilience, and renewal. The documentation of such recent events in human history in a way that adheres to the OHA's best practices and standards can be tricky to navigate. Conflict and disaster need not be explosive or ground-shaking to shape the cultural landscape, and as such, we welcome a wide interpretation of the call for papers.

Denver, on the front range of the U.S. Rocky Mountains, and the Renaissance Denver Hotel will serve as host to the 2011 meeting. This region showcases a rich history of mountaineering, environmentalism, migrant labor, mining, political activism, and conservation and preservation through the state and national parks, as well through private and non-profit foundations and entities. We certainly welcome and encourage the oral history practitioners in this western city and the surrounding region to submit papers and proposals,
regardless of how directly their projects align with this year's theme.

As with all previous OHA meetings, the Program Committee welcomes broad and diverse interpretations of the conference theme as reflected in proposals for panels, individual papers, performances, exhibits, and roundtables. We especially encourage presenters to think about nontraditional delivery models, such as interactive sessions, dialogic formats that engage audience, and use of digital media.

Presenters are reminded to incorporate voice and image in their presentations. OHA is open to proposals from the variety of fields traditionally represented in our meetings, including history, folklore, literature, sociology, anthropology, American and ethnic studies, cultural studies, political science, information science and technology, communications, and urban studies.

In recognition of the important work occurring outside the United States, we also hope to have a significant international presence at the meeting. And, as always, OHA welcomes proposals from independent scholars, community activists and organizers, archivists, librarians, museum curators, web designers, documentary producers, media artists, ethnographers, public historians, and all practitioners whose work is relevant to this meeting's focus on conflict or disaster.

Proposal format: For full sessions, submit a title, a session abstract of not more than two pages, and a one-page vita or resume for each participant. For individual proposals, submit a one-page abstract and a one-page vita or resume of the presenter. Each submission must be accompanied by a cover sheet, which
can be found on the OHA website.

The deadline for submission of all proposals is Friday, January 21, 2011. All proposals should be submitted via email to, or if available, through an online submission page to be determined later. The cover sheet, which can be downloaded from our website, and all proposal documents must be combined into one attachment in Microsoft Word format. Please do not send the documents as separate attachments. If you do not receive email confirmation by Monday, February 7, 2011, please contact the OHA office to make sure your
submission has been received.

Proposal queries may be directed to:
Jennifer Abraham, Louisiana State University, 2011 Program Co-Chair:

Troy Reeves, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011 Program Co-Chair:

Horacio Roque Ramirez, University of California-Santa Barbara, 2011-12 OHA

For submission queries or more information, contact:
Madelyn Campbell, Executive Secretary
Oral History Association
Dickinson College, P.O. Box 1773
Carlisle, PA 17013
Telephone: (717) 245-1036 Fax: (717) 245-1046

CFP: Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section of IFLA

CFP: Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section of IFLA

The Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section of IFLA, invites proposals for their sessions in San Juan, Puerto Rico:

* Weaving Continuing Professional Development (CPD) into every library organization in difficult financial times


* Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as a strategy to build strong libraries and Library Associations

See for details on how to submit.

Accepted papers may also be selected for publication in IFLA Journal, or an Emerald journal. Emerald journal articles which originate from IFLA conferences will become open access nine months after publication in the journal. See for details of the 2009 conference papers which have been made free of the payment barrier.

Thanks and best wishes

Eileen Breen
Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Tel: +44 (0) 1274 777700
Fax: +44 (0) 1274 785200

CFP - Learning Under Living Skies’

Workshop for Instruction in Library Use (WILU) 2011 - ‘Learning Under Living Skies’
June 1-3, 2011
Regina, Saskatchewan


The tri-institutional WILU Committee from the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST), the University of Regina, and the University of Saskatchewan invites you to submit proposals to be considered for presentation at WILU 2011. We are very pleased and excited to bring WILU to our province – for the first time ever!

This is also a special year because this will be the 40th annual WILU! Over the decades, it has grown to encompass all aspects of library instruction and the emerging role of librarians as educators. Please visit About WILU 2011 for more information.

The sky looms large over Saskatchewan. It is bold, active and constantly changing - just like learning in libraries. And, as we all know, learning can happen anywhere…the sky's the limit…

Suggested Topics:
-Learning Spaces. Tell us about where learning takes place.
-Who Learns? Tell us about who learns from you.
-Today’s Tools. Tell us about the tools you use.
-Why Teach? Tell us what motivates you to educate others.

Session Types:

Session Presentation
45-minute sessions, preferably grounded in formal research or applied practice, which include a 35-minute presentation and 10-minute discussion or question period.

Lightning Strike Session (with a Display Poster)
5-minute "quick hit" presentations on any topic related to information literacy or library instruction. A poster must accompany the presentation to create a lightning strike display circuit for all attendees.

Hands-on Tools
45-minute or 90-minute computer lab sessions where participants can interact with various online or electronic tools. There are four 24-seat computer labs available for WILU 2011. Other smaller computer labs are available as needed.

Submission Information:

Please submit proposals by December 17, 2010 through the online PDF submission form (you may also submit your proposal directly by email following these instructions).

The primary contact on the proposal will be notified by the end of January 2011 as to whether or not the proposal has been accepted for presentation. Note: proposals will only be reviewed by the committee after all information regarding the presenter’s name and institution has been excluded.

Questions? Please contact the WILU Program Committee,


MAY 26-29, 2011
Boston, MA

The Children’s Literature Society of the ALA seeks abstracts for two panels on children’s literature for the American Literature Association Conference to be held May 26-29, 2011, at The Westin Copley Place in Boston, MA.

Panel 1:
Images, Imagination and Children’s Literature: Graphic Novels and Picture Books through History.

This panel explores the expression of the American imagination through illustrated literature for youth. This interpretation of images and the text that mediates them will deepen our understanding of how the American imagination exists in children’s literary tradition. Papers in this panel investigate uniquely American attributes in graphic novels, picture books and other forms of illustrated literature. Papers may also investigate how defining characteristics of American illustrated literature for youth have influenced or been influenced by literary culture. Papers about influential illustrators are also of interest, as are papers that offer an historical or interpretative overview of the topic.

Please send panel proposals or paper abstracts (250-500 words) by December 30, 2010 to Linda Salem
Please include academic rank and affiliation and AV requests

Hard copies can also be sent to
Linda Salem
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-8050

Panel 2: The Digital Worlds of Children’s Literature: From Video Games to the iPad

When Steve Jobs presented the iPad, combining the e-book format with multimedia capabilities, “books” and “reading” were alleged to have changed. But this “change” had already been occurring in the world of children’s new media adaptations and formats The seamless relationship of young people and new media has, in fact, led the MIT Comparative Media Studies website to call the generation entering the 21st century, “”; and, as New Media critic James Paul Gee affirms, they are the “natives” in this brave new digital world.

Innovation is at the heart of children’s literature. It has a rich tradition of opening new areas both in form and content, and it has been on the cutting edge of the digital revolution. This revolution has been transforming the way we are telling stories and how we read, changing our understanding of authorship, and creating new genres as it influences older ones.

This panel explores the rich, wide-ranging, and multidimensional digital worlds of children’s and young adult literature. This includes new narrative strategies evolving out of video games, children’s literature and educational websites; poetry—the creation of a digital poetics; creative non-fiction and fiction emerging from fan-fic sites and blogging; and new forms of story and picture, text and image, that are arising from new technologies like the iPad, Kindle, and Tablet.

What do these changes, transformations, and new forms tell us about reading—given that in addition to fan-fic sites and blogging, many of the new technologies allow the “reader” to become an “author” of the original text? How are these new forms changing narrative, poetry, and other genres? What shapes are story and poem taking in this new digitalized space?

Please send panel proposals or paper abstracts (250-500 words) by December 30, 2010 to Dorothy G. Clark:

Please include academic rank and affiliation and AV requests

Hard copies can also be sent to

Dorothy G. Clark
Dept. of English
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff St.
Northridge, CA 91330-8248

Conference details may be found at the American Literature Association web

American Literature Association Home

Dorothy G. Clark, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English
Subject Matter Option Advisor
California State University, Northridge
(818) 677-7225

CFP: "Information Literacy Instruction for Science & Health Care Students"

CFP: "Information Literacy Instruction for Science & Health Care Students" - Indiana Libraries

You are invited to contribute articles for an issue of Indiana Libraries with the theme “Information Literacy Instruction for Science & Health Care Students”.

Description: The Fall 2011 issue of Indiana Libraries will feature articles about successful and innovative information literacy instruction to students of all branches of science or health care. Articles will be edited and will not be peer reviewed. Indiana Libraries is an open access journal and is indexed in Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts and Library Literature & Information Science Index.

Timeline: The journal issue will be published in the fall of 2011. Draft articles will be accepted until May 1, 2011. General information about Indiana Libraries and instructions to authors can be found at Questions or proposals may be directed to the issue editor.

Editor contact information
Maribeth Slebodnik
Biomedical Sciences Information Specialist &
Assistant Professor of Library Science
Life Sciences Library, Lilly Hall L-32
Purdue University Libraries
Phone: 765.494.2917

Sunday, December 12, 2010

CFP - Gender, Sexuality, Information: A Reader

Call for Papers

Gender, Sexuality, Information: A Reader

While information needs and behavior have become a central research concern in library and information studies, the particularities of gender and sexuality have yet to be centered in the field. Bringing queer and feminist theories into conversation with current LIS research, Gender, Sexuality, Information: A Reader addresses this gap, gathering existing research along with new scholarship on the intersection of gender and sexuality and information use. Contributors address a range of concerns, including paradigms of information needs and behavior research, methodological challenges, and current approaches to assessing and meeting LGBTQ and women’s information needs. Responding to emergent critiques of positivism and behaviorism in LIS scholarship, this collection also seeks to trouble what we think we mean when we talk about gender and sex, as well as “information” and “behavior,” as settled, stable constructs.

Critical and Interdisciplinary Focus

Current work in disciplines as diverse as legal theory, literary criticism, design, anthropology, and technology studies exercise a profound impact on LIS research. At the same time, the somewhat nebulous sub-disciplines within our field, such as information seeking behavior, information structures, archival studies, museology, information retrieval, and information policy, have been connected by researchers in new and innovative ways. LIS scholarship has also sought in recent years to challenge traditional approaches and suggest new directions for research into the purposes, practices, phenomenon, and organization of information. This reader serves as a comprehensive multidisciplinary anthology where different epistemologies and methodologies meet. It offers a timely and reasoned contribution to feminist and queer LIS research and promotes perspectives that can serve the cause of social justice.

Possible topics

Manuscripts can cover a range of topics, both professional and theoretical. The editors strongly encourage submissions concerning the intersection of gender and sexuality with race, ethnicity, religion, and socio-economics. Possible topics include but are not limited to the following: cataloging and classification, assessing user needs, information behavior, alternative social science methods, records management, preservation, documentation, oral history, collection development, curatorship, digital libraries and archives, Internet studies, human-computer interaction, sexual health, sex positive perspectives, activist or oppositional new media, informatics, queer or feminist zines, web design and digital aesthetics, computer coding, digital humanities, censorship and intellectual freedom, information technology policy, children and young adult services, international and comparative LIS issues, grant writing, administration and management, and history of the book and publishing.

Submission Guidelines

The editors encourage practitioners, activists, and both established and emerging scholars to submit manuscripts by September 1, 2011. Manuscripts should rage from 5,000-8,000 words and use the Chicago Manual of Style (Chicago University Press, 2010). Manuscripts should be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) to

About the editors

Rebecca Dean and Patrick Keilty are PhD candidates in information studies with a concentration in women’s studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.


UCLA Department of Information Studies
GSE&IS Building, Box 951520
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1520
Phone: (310) 825-8799
Dean’s email: becdean[at]gmail[dot]com
Keilty’s email: pkeilty[at]gmail[dot]com

For more information:

Fellowship - UW-Milwaukee

Funded PhD Opportunities at UW-Milwaukee in LIS

The School of Information Studies (SOIS) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a 2010 recipient of an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant, invites applicants for the fall 2011 PhD cycle.

The SOIS grant program, entitled “Overcoming Barriers to Information Access (B2A): Educating the Next Generation of Library and Information Science Leaders,” addresses the need for new PhDs in SOIS’ three key areas of doctoral study: information organization, information policy and information retrieval. The goal of the program is to enhance library and information science education and to help develop library leaders.

SOIS is currently seeking applications for six funded full-time doctoral positions under this grant program for fall 2011. The deadline to apply for this opportunity is January 15, 2011.

Participants in the B2A program will receive three or four years of funding to cover tuition, a generous annual stipend/scholarship, research and teaching opportunities, resources to support their research and travel, and mentoring from SOIS faculty members during their studies.

For more information about the B2A program, please see the program website:

For more information on SOIS and UWM, please see our new website:

CFP - Workshop on Libraries and Human Rights

Call for Papers/Posters/Panels

Workshop on Libraries and Human Rights

Friday April 15, 2011

8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

School of Information Resources and Library Science

University of Arizona, Tucson

To be held in conjunction with

The Information Ethics Roundtable

Conference on Information Rights as Human Rights

April 15-16, 2011

Keynote Speaker: Toni Samek, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta

It has been said that, “human rights have attained the status of a lingua franca of global moral discourse” (Beitz and Goodin 2009). The focus of this workshop is to critically discuss the role of human rights in libraries and the library professions. Key intersections between libraries and human rights include the following:

* Human rights and international human rights documents as providing a framework of values for library and information professions (Samek 2007, 2008; McCook and Phenix 2007).
* Libraries are crucial human rights institutions, promoting literacy and providing access to information (Aboyade 1984, Zapata 1994, Dent and Yannota 2005).
* Libraries and archives promote human rights by collecting, protecting, and providing access to documents related to human rights and human rights violations (Maret 2005, Stinnet 2009).

Please submit a 500-word proposal for a panel, paper, or poster. The proposal should which address one of the above or closely related topics. E-mail proposals to Please include a mention of the “Workshop” in the subject line and include your full name, institutional affiliation, and e-mail address. Address any queries about the conference to Kay Mathiesen (

Submission Deadline: December 15, 2010

Acceptance Notification: January 1, 2011

Fellowship - University of California, Santa Barbara

The University of California, Santa Barbara invites candidates to apply for its Library Fellowship Program to serve a two-year post-graduate appointment in the university library. UCSB has a continuing commitment to promote diversity and multicultural awareness in all areas of the library. The Fellowship Program is designed to increase the rich diversity of professionals and to encourage the involvement and participation of a broad range of entry-level librarians currently underrepresented in academic research libraries. The program provides the recent graduate an opportunity to work in a culturally diverse environment, to gain experience in at least two areas or departments, to learn about academic libraries, to explore the latest developments in information technologies, and to participate in a dynamic and challenging workplace. The Library Fellowship is considered a distinguished and esteemed program that showcases the library and the University’s commitment to diversity.

* QUALIFICATIONS*: The UCSB library encourages enthusiastic, energetic, highly motivated librarians to apply for the program. Applicants must be recent graduates from an ALA-accredited library program, demonstrate an interest and knowledge of academic librarianship and a strong desire for professional growth. Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

* ENVIRONMENT*: The University of California, Santa Barbara, is one of ten campuses of the University of California system. The campus occupies a picturesque 989-acre palm and eucalyptus lined plateau overlooking the Pacific Ocean. UCSB is one of only 63 research-intensive institutions elected to membership in the Association of American Universities.

According to U.S. News & World Report’s guide to “America’s Best Colleges” UCSB is ranked number nine among all public universities. The total student population is over 22,000 and faculty number 1,200. The library is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity, innovation, and collaboration. The library is an active partner and full participant in the educational discovery that centers on research, scholarship, creativity, and a dynamically evolving teaching and learning environment. Among the most prestigious research libraries in the country, the library collections include over 3 million volumes. The collection supports undergraduate and graduate programs in 33 academic areas and serves the wide-ranging research needs of diverse campus programs and centers. Central to the campus skyline as well as to its mission, the library takes pride in providing outstanding service to all its clientele.

*SALARY AND BENEFITS*: Fellows are appointed at the Assistant Librarian level ($46,164-$48,029). Benefits include 24 days vacation annually, 12 days sick leave, 12 paid holidays, employer paid medical coverage, dental and life insurance, participation in the UC Retirement system, and social security. Generous financial support for attendance at conferences, seminars, and workshops.

Candidates interested in the Fellowship Program should apply by *January 15, 2011*. Send a letter of application, resume, and the names, addresses, and email addresses of at least three references to:* Detrice Bankhead, Associate University Librarian, Human Resources, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106.

*Applications sent via email to are preferred.

/The University of California, Santa Barbara is an EO/AA employer and invites applications from all who meet the stated qualifications./

CFP - Acquisitions Institute

The Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge
Saturday, May 14 through Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Timberline Lodge
One hour east of Portland, Oregon on the slope of Mt. Hood

Call for Papers

WHAT IS The Acquisitions Institute?
* Since 2000, the pre-eminent Western North America conference on acquisitions and collection development held at Timberline Lodge.

* A small, informal and stimulating gathering in a convivial and glorious Northwestern setting.
* A three-day conference focusing on the methods and madness of building and
managing library collections to be held May 14-17, 2011.
Please visit the Acquisitions Institute home page at: for more information

WHAT TOPICS are we looking for?
The planning committee is open to presentations on all aspects of library acquisitions and collection management. Presenters are encouraged to engage the audience in discussion. Panel discussions are well received. The planning committee may wish to bring individual proposals together to form panels.
The committee is especially looking for submissions on the following topics:

All aspects of managing and directing acquisitions and/or collection development operations
* Acquisitions functions in open source catalogs, networked integrated library systems, etc.
* Evolving consortial roles in collection development and acquisitions
* Staffing, training and development, and recruiting issues, challenges, successes
* The future of scholarly communication–its impact on acquisitions and collection development
* Data curation and management and other new roles for subject librarians and technical services specialists
* Web 2.0 applications and implementation in collection services
* Patron-driven acquisitions, purchase on demand, streaming content, and other user-centered collection services
* The development and management of digital collections, electronic resources
* The impact of discovery services on collection and content access and usage
* External and internal factors driving a library’s collection management decisions
* Assessment tools, methods, and projects– (i.e., linking collections with learning outcomes; usage studies)
* Return on investment studies—how do we demonstrate our impact?
* Acquisitions and collection development: the small academic library or public library perspective
* The future of print: what are the collection management issues?

The DEADLINE for submitting a proposal is December 30, 2010.
To submit a proposal, send an abstract of 200 words or less to:
Faye A. Chadwell
121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-4501
phone: 541-737-8528 fax: 541-737-3453 / via nmrt-l

Saturday, December 11, 2010

CFP: Sequential Art, Graphic Novels, and Comics in Education

CFP: Sequential Art, Graphic Novels, and Comics in Education
Edited by Robert G. Weiner and Carrye Syma Texas Tech University Library
In recent years the use of graphic novels, comics, and sequential art in
education has exploded. This is due not only to the boom in superhero
movies that are based on comic book characters, but also to the wide
literary range that graphic novels now have. There are now literally
hundreds of college and university courses all over the world that are
using graphic novels in their curriculum. The days when comics were just
seen as children’s trash, with no redeeming literary or educational value,
are hopefully behind us. Contrary to the idea that comics “dumb” down
material, it takes both sides of the brain to read and interpret
sequential art stories: the right side to interpret the pictures and the
left side to understand the narrative text. Our goal with this collection
is to provide the educator and scholar with a collection of essays that
show how graphic novels and comics are being used in the classroom today,
as well as some historical pieces that detail how the educational fields
often have and have had a “rocky” relationship with the use of comics in
educational settings. We want both theoretical and practical essays
showing how sequential art can be and is being used to teach and
illustrate concepts and ideas. We are especially keen on pieces
related to higher education, military and government uses of comics to
educate, but all aspects of comics and education are under consideration.
In addition, we would like to have educators from a wide spectrum of
the educational fields from K-12, to undergraduate and graduate
educational levels. Those using sequential art in adult education and
pre-school are encouraged.

Some possible questions/ideas that could be addressed include:
-The Military’s use of comics to teach.
-Graphic Novels and comics in library science education.
-How relationships can be understood through the use of graphic novels in
human science education.
-Teaching mathematical concepts using graphic narrative.
-Grade school use of comics.
-Middle school use of comics.
-High school use of sequential art (say something like Maus to teach the
-Comics and Film to teach about blockbuster cinema.
-Philosophical issues raised by graphic novels (The Watchmen in a
philosophy class about ethics).
-Biological and scientific concepts using graphic novels.
-The use of mainstream superhero stories in the classroom.
-Superman, Batman, Spider-Man to further understand the concept of the
hero Mythology (i.e., Odysseys, Hercules etc.).
-Graphic Novels and history, how effective a tool is the graphic novel in
teaching a historical concept?
-Sequential art in teaching foreign language or English as a second language.
-Comics in literacy and adult education programs.
-Graduate courses using graphic novels.
-The History of sequential art in education.
-Medical education using comics

Please send 200 word abstracts by January 15th 2011 to Rob Weiner Final papers will be due February 28th 2011. No
exceptions. Please note the submission of an essay does NOT necessarily
mean publication in the volume. Essays will be going through a rigorous
peer review process and we have asked a number of scholars to serve in
this capacity. We are striving to put together as an excellent collection
with diverse viewpoints covering all aspects of comics and education.
Authors are also expected to follow the editor’s style guide and be
willing to have their work edited.

Thank you
Carry Syma
Texas Tech University Library
Rob Weiner
Texas Tech University Library

Friday, December 10, 2010

CFP - Semantic Web Journal

Semantic Web Journal
(URL: Special Issue on Semantic Web and Reasoning for Cultural Heritage and Digital Libraries


Short URL:



During the past few years, great and continually increasing scientific interest has been paid towards the efficient dissemination and management of the world’s cultural assets on the Web. As more and more cultural heritage institutions tend to exploit World Wide Web’s technologies in order to render their collections globally available, integrated access to this vast amount of content has become an imperative need. Traditionally, the main requisite for integrating diverse resources has been syntactic interoperability. However, in the more knowledge-intensive world of the Semantic Web a number of powerful techniques are offering the promise of knowledge-based management and retrieval instead of mere syntactic data exchange. In particular, techniques for obtaining semantic interoperability and reasoning over metadata and ontologies have been proven powerful tools towards this direction.

In the cultural heritage field, significant efforts have been initiated for achieving semantic-aware data integration, but many issues are still under discussion and problems remain unsolved. Hundreds of existing digital libraries and repository systems, responsible for gathering and disseminating digital objects originating from cultural assets, still lack common standards and best practices for properly ingesting and publishing knowledge. The community is looking for powerful semantic search and navigation mechanisms able to efficiently retrieve and interlink distributed, heterogeneous knowledge about cultural heritage. In addition, it is not clear what might be the most suitable evaluation techniques for analyzing the suggested methods and tools.


This special issue solicits contributions to the open problems of publishing cultural content on the Semantic Web, such as innovative techniques, tools,

case studies, comparisons, and theoretical advances. The papers should consider and present contributions towards representing semantic aspects of

cultural heritage information in the web environment, i.e. aspects of modeling, creating, aggregating, managing, publishing, and using content on

the Semantic Web in the cultural heritage field.

In particular, topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

- Semantic-enabled search and recommending

- Reasoning over cultural heritage information

- Semantic content creation and annotation

- Semantic integration of heterogeneous and contradicting information

- Ontologies and vocabularies for cultural heritage

- Linked heritage data and its applications

- Semantic aging and ontology evolution

- Evaluation of semantic techniques and systems

- Web 2.0, collaborative systems, tagging, and user feedback

- Semantic and mental maps of interlinked cultural content

- Visualization techniques and paradigms

- Success reports of in-use applications and projects




High-quality papers containing original research results on the above and related topics are solicited. Extended versions of papers previously

published in conferences and workshops are also welcome, provided that they are substantially expanded and improved. Authors should submit a manuscript

through the Semantic Web Journal on-line system, following the guidelines available at: Manuscripts

should have a length of 15-25 pages in IOS Press format. All submissions will undergo an open review process, according to the standards of the

Semantic Web Journal.


Important Dates


31/1/2011: Submission Deadline

31/3/2011: Author Notification

30/4/2011: Final Revisions

Summer 2011: Special Issue Publication


Guest Editors


Dimitrios A. Koutsomitropoulos

High Performance Information Systems Laboratory

Computer Engineering and Informatics Dpt.

University of Patras

Patras-Rio, Greece


Eero Hyvönen

Semantic Computing Research Group

Department of Media Technology

School of Science and Technology

Aalto University



Theodore S. Papatheodorou

High Performance Information Systems Laboratory

Computer Engineering and Informatics Dpt.

University of Patras

Patras-Rio, Greece


Webinarsand workshops- NEDCC

Preservation Training Workshops and Webinars for January - June 2011.

MORE NEDCC WEBINARS AVAILABLE to meet the needs of those with
travel-restrictions or staff shortages.

as live-online Webinars, including:
Care and Handling of Books; Care and Handling of Scrapbooks; Care and
Handling of Oversize Paper Artifacts; Care and Handling of Photographs;
Care and Handling of Multimedia Collections

Mold Outbreaks and How to Cope with Them; Writing Your NEH Preservation
Assistance Grant

Identification and Care of Prints; Arrangement, Description, and
Holdings Maintenance for Archives

Intermediate Book Repair; Metadata Basics; Preparing and Mounting
Materials for Exhibition

Workshops and Webinars, please visit the Training Calendar at

ON-SITE WORKSHOPS - $150 ($130 early-bird registration) LIVE-ONLINE
WEBINARS - $95 ($80 early-bird registration)

Contact Donia Conn, or (978) 470-1010 ext. 220

Award - Worldwide Books Awards for Electronic Resources.

Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) Worldwide Books Awards for Electronic Resources.

This award is given in recognition of outstanding electronic publications by ARLIS/NA Individual members in the fields of librarianship, visual resources curatorship, and the arts. The form of recognition may range from a certificate of merit to a cash award up to $1,500. Nominated works must have been launched during the 2009 or 2010 calendar year.

Applications and accompanying material must be postmarked by February 4th, 2011.

Guidelines and application form are available on the ARLIS/NA website:
Previous award winners can be found here:

Questions? Please contact the Research Award Committee Co-Chairs
Amy Ballmer, CUNY Graduate Center,
Melanie Emerson, Art Institute of Chicago,

Award - change in eligibility for Hurston Award

CODES has just changed the eligibility so that any ALA member can be nominated for the Zora Neale Hurston Award for leadership in promoting African American literature!

Please nominate yourself or a colleague for the Zora Neale Hurston Award. This award is given to an ALA member librarian who has demonstrated leadership in promoting African American literature through a project.
According to the official criteria, "project examples include, but are not limited to, a program, display, collection building efforts, a special readers’ advisory focus, or innovation in service. Candidates will also be evaluated on the extent
their projects promoted African American literature and highlighted its rich history and diversity."

The winner will receive $1,250 in funds to attend the ALA Annual Conference, tickets for the Literary Tastes Breakfast and FOLUSA Author tea, and a set of Zora Neale Hurston books from Harper Perennial.

For more information and the online form, please go to [ ]

The deadline for nominations is December 15, 2010.


Cynthia Crosser (Chair, Zora Neale Hurston Award)

5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library,
Orono, ME 04469-5729
(207) 581-3612

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Internships - Federal agencies

Paid Summer Internship Opportunities--Washington, D.C.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Research Library and National Transportation Library (NTL), both located in the Washington, D.C. area, are seeking students pursuing MLS degrees (or equivalents) for paid, full-time internships for the period June 6 - August 12, 2011. These internships are being offered as part of the United States Department of Transportation's Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups (STIPDG). The internships include a $5,000 stipend, along with housing and travel (relocation) arrangements for participants whose permanent residences are more than 50 miles away from their assignment locations. The deadline for submitting an application is January 11, 2011, but students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible since selections may be made on an on-going basis. For more information on the program, including requirements and application instructions, please see: If you have further questions about applying, please send an email to

Note: When applying, please select your interest areas as the Federal Highway Administration (with specialty Research and Development) and the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (with no specialty). List FHWA Research Library and/or National Transportation Library in the space provided for specifying areas of interest that are not included.

The following are potential internship projects. Projects and responsibilities may be modified, combined, or shared, depending on the number of accepted applicants and the interest areas of the candidates. For more information about individual projects, please contact Deena Adelman at or 202-493-3058.

PROCESSING ARCHIVAL COLLECTIONS/RECORDS MANAGEMENT (Federal Highway Administration Research Library and National Transportation Library)
Responsibilities: Arrange textual, cartographic, and/or photographic materials; create inventories and finding aids; apply subject headings; implement preservation measures; select materials for digitization.
Desired Qualifications: Coursework towards a specialization in archives; familiarity and/or experience with archival practices, EAD, and DACS; knowledge of LCSH; strong writing, organizational, and analytical skills; willingness to adapt to changing situations and take on new tasks.

CATALOGING (Federal Highway Administration Research Library and National Transportation Library)
Responsibilities: Create catalog records for a unique technical sub-collection; perform simple and complex copy cataloging; assist in the creation of original cataloging records; assign subject headings and call numbers; perform collection assessment and prioritization; participate in workflow assessment. NTL cataloging includes both traditional and digital repository cataloging systems.
Desired Qualifications: Cataloging coursework and/or experience; familiarity and/or experience with AACR2, MARC; knowledge of LCSH; knowledge of LC Classification System; strong organizational and analytical skills. For NTL only: knowledge of and/or familiarity with non-MARC metadata (e.g., Dublin Core).

DIGITAL SOCIAL MEDIA/REFERENCE (National Transportation Library)
Responsibilities: Assist in furthering Flickr and YouTube efforts to promote the library; select, develop or implement products or services to support the needs of the reference staff.
Desired Qualifications: Familiarity and/or experience with social computing, social networks, photography or videography; experience or coursework in reference; excellent written and verbal communication skills; ability to meet established deadlines with products that reflect professionalism.

For more information about the libraries, please see the following web sites:

Federal Highway Administration Research Library:

National Transportation Library:

Freee webinar - E-Rate, CIPA, and Library Filters

Title: E-Rate, CIPA, and Library Filters: What You Need to Know

Format: Webinar

Date: Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Start Time: Noon, Pacific Time

1:00 pm, Mountain Time

2:00 pm, Central Time

3:00 pm, Eastern Time

This webinar will last approximately one hour. Webinars are free of charge and registration is ONLY done on the day of the event on the WebEx server. No Passwords are required. For Tips and Registration Information, please go to

For more information and to participate in the December 15 webinar, go to

The requirements governing E-Rate, CIPA, and filtering in libraries is often confusing.

· Has your library decided not to apply for E-Rate funds because of the filtering requirements?

· Do you get E-Rate or LSTA funds that require filtering but you aren't sure if you are in compliance?

· If our library doesn't filter, are there other laws we should be worrying about?

· When does patron Internet use shift from Free Speech to Harassment?

· Is there anything new in filtering technology?

Mary Minow ( and Lori Ayre ( will provide answers to these questions and more as they revisit the issues related to filtering, CIPA, and the often-confusing laws that libraries must navigate.

Each speaker will explain the elements that libraries need to address when developing or revising their Internet Use Policies and using technology to enforce them. Whether you apply for E-Rate now or are wondering if you should, this webinar will provide useful tools for navigating these sometimes muddy waters.

At the end of this one-hour webinar, attendees will have:

· a basic understanding of the filtering requirements for libraries that receive E-Rate and LSTA funds

· a knowledge of best practices for using filters in libraries aside from E-Rate and LSTA requirement

· an introduction to how internet content filters work

· an update on what's new in filtering technology

· a review of free speech and sexual harassmentlaw as it applies to the Internet in public and school libraries

This one-hour webinar will be of interest to library staff responsible for filing E-Rate documents, public service staff, library administrators, and IT staff in charge of public access computers.

Speakers: Mary Minow and Lori Bowen Ayre

Mary Minow is an attorney, consultant, and a former librarian and library trustee. She edits the Stanford Copyright & Fair Use site ( She teaches digital copyright at San Jose State School of Library Science and at Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science. She is a past President of the California Association of Library Trustees and Commissioners. Minow is the first recipient of the California Library Association's Zoia Horn Intellectual Freedom Award, given in 2004. Minow's blog is at

Lori Bowen Ayre is the Principal Consultant for The Galecia Group, a library technology consulting company that has been serving libraries for almost 10 years. Lori has been an advocate for expanding the use of open source software in libraries for public computers, web applications, calendaring and content management systems. She is particularly excited about the opportunities associated with open source library system software (Evergreen and Koha) because of the opportunities these open source software projects present for libraries to save money, and even more importantly, control their own destiny.

If you are unable to attend the live event, you can access the archived version the day following the webinar. Check our archive listing at:

Webinar: E-Rate, CIPA, and Library Filters: What You Need to Know

Date: Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Time: Noon, Pacific Time

1:00 pm, Mountain Time

2:00 pm, Central Time

3:00 pm, Eastern Time

Speakers: Mary Minow and Lori Bowen Ayre

CFP - German Studies Association

Thirty-Fifth Annual Conference of the German Studies Association
Louisville, KY

Digital collections and libraries
Deadline for proposals: 17 January, 2010

Despite shrinking travel and research budgets, Germanists still need to conduct research. As libraries continue to improve institutional repositories, more valuable material is available remotely and in unlikely places, even in small town America. Small historical societies and lesser known universities may have gems waiting to be discovered by researchers.

I will be presenting on strategies for identifying these collections, and how to partner with your subject specialist librarian to take advantage of these rich resources.

Are you an academic librarian or archivist at an institution with a German collection? Submit a proposal to join this panel. Ideally, two other librarians/archivists would highlight their collections and join the discussion on working with faculty and grad student researchers.

Please send a brief proposal (one page or less) to Lindsay Hansen (

Panelists will be notified by 1 February, 2011 and will be required to register as a member and submit materials through the GSA website by 15 February 2011.

Workshops - Curation Practices for the Digital Object Lifecycle

DigCCurr Professional Institute: Curation Practices for the Digital Object Lifecycle
Supported by IMLS Grant Award #RE-05-08-0060-08

May 15-20, 2011 & January 4-6, 2012 (One price for two sessions)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Visit for more information.

The Institute consists of one five-day session in May 2011 and a two-day follow-up session and a day-long symposium in January 2012. Each day of the summer session will include lectures, discussion and hands-on "lab" components. A course pack and a private, online discussion space will be provided to supplement learning and application of the material. An opening reception dinner on Sunday, break time snacks and coffee, and a dinner on Thursday will also be included.

This institute is designed to foster skills, knowledge and community-building among professionals responsible for the curation of digital materials.


* Regular registration : $750
* Late registration (after April 15, 2010) : $800
* Summer Institute accommodations (includes 5 nights of a private room in a 4 room/2 bath dorm suite on the UNC campus, with kitchen, linens, and internet access) : $250*

*We highly recommend that you choose the on-campus accommodations. This fee covers accommodations for May 2011 only.

If you are a grant recipient working on a digital project, we recommend that you check with your program officer to request approval to use available grant funds to attend the institute.

Institute Instructors:

* From the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Dr. Cal Lee, Dr. Richard Marciano, Dr. Helen Tibbo.
* Dr. Nancy McGovern, from the University of Michigan.
* Dr. Seamus Ross, from the University of Toronto.
* Dr. Manfred Thaller, from the University of Cologne.

* Dr. Carolyn Hank, McGill University.

Institute Components: (may still be subject to some revisions and reorganization)

* Overview of digital curation definition, scope and main functions
* Where you see yourself in the digital curation landscape
* Digital curation program development
* Engendering Trust: Processes, Procedures and Forms of Evidence
* LAB - DRAMBORA in action

* Strategies for engaging data communities
* Characterizing, analyzing and evaluating the producer information environment
* Submission and transfer scenarios – push and pull (illustrative examples)
* Defining submission agreements and policies
* Strategies for writing policies that can be expressed as rules and rules that can automatically executed
* LAB - Making requirements machine-actionable
* Importance of infrastructure independence

* Overview of digital preservation challenges and opportunities
* Managing in response to technological change
* Detaching Bits from their Physical Media: Considerations, Tools and Methods
* LAB - Curation of Unidentified Files
* Returning to First Principles: Core Professional Principles to Drive Digital Curation

* Characterization of digital objects
* LAB - Assessing File Format Robustness
* Access and use considerations
* Access and user interface examples
* How and why to conduct research on digital collection needs
* LAB - Analyzing server logs and developing strategies based on what you find

* Overview and characterization of existing tools
* LAB - Evaluating set of software options to support a given digital curation workflow
* Formulating your six-month action plan - task for each individual, with instructors available to provide guidance
* Summary of action plans
* Clarifying roles and expectations for the next six months

January 4-6, 2012
Participants in the May event will return to Chapel Hill in Jan 2012 to discuss their experiences in implementing what they have learned in their own work environments. Participants will compare experiences, lessons learned and strategies for continuing progress. Friday, January 6th will be a public symposium, free to the Institute participants. (Accommodations for January will be the responsibility of the attendee.)

Visit for more information.

For more information, contact Kaitlin Costello ( for Institute questions or Wakefield Harper ( for payment or registration questions.

Free workshops - THATCamp Southeast

THATCamp Southeast ( is a free “unconference” for anyone working at the intersection of the humanities and technology. It will be held at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, on March 4-6, 2011.

We’re currently accepting applications from students, faculty, librarians, technologists, museum professionals, archivists, and anyone else who is interested in the digital (and the) humanities. We’d appreciate it if you’d pass this message on, and post the attached flyer if you can.

Because THATCamp is an “unconference,” our participants will determine the ground we cover. Depending on your interests, we may hold sessions on issues in digital scholarship, pedagogy, curation, software demos, or training sessions. In other words, you won’t present formal talks, papers, or panels. Instead, you’ll share your ideas for potential THATCamp sessions prior to the Camp. At the start of the event, we’ll collectively agree on which conversations will take place.

Our event also includes a one-day “BootCamp”: a series of hands-on workshops to help get digital novices up to speed. So don’t be intimidated if you’re new to digital humanities!

The brief application is available at The deadline is January 9, 2011.

Please email with any questions, and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter ( We look forward to hearing from you!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Free workshop- Grant Writing - L A

The California Historical Records Advisory Board and the California
State Archives are offering FREE one-day training on Funding for
Historical Records: A Grant Writing Workshop. The workshop will be
taught by Tom Wilsted, an experienced consultant with over 40 years in
the profession.

In the grant writing workshop, you will learn about:

* Grants and how they work
* The importance of planning
* Sources of funding for historical records
* Matching your needs with grant agency resources
* Writing the perfect proposal
* How grants are evaluated
* Managing a successful grant
* Developing your own grant

Staff and volunteers who work in historical societies, libraries,
government offices, museums, and archives often suffer from a lack of
adequate funding. This FREE workshop can help you learn how to write a
successful grant and increase the resources available to preserve your
valuable collections.

The workshop will be offered on January 20, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30
p.m. at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Times Mirror
Conference Center. The museum is located at 900 Exposition Blvd., Los
Angeles, 90007.

To register for the workshop, send your name, title, name of
organization, full address, phone number, and email address to:

Sherrie Lujan at or fax completed form to
916-653-7134. Registration will be limited to 30 people. The deadline to
register is January 13, 2011.