Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Internship Opportunity–Iowa State University

Internship Opportunity–Iowa State University

With a generous gift from the Lennox Foundation, the Lennox Foundation Endowment for Preservation Education, Training and Outreach was established to fund graduate level internships in library and archives preservation administration and conservation, and to support the educational outreach activities of the Iowa State University (ISU) preservation staff. Each year, a twelve-week internship will be offered by the ISU Library Preservation Department to provide graduate students with practical experience and exposure to preservation in an academic library environment.

This internship is intended to give current graduate students and recent graduates of preservation and 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 work in the ISU Library Preservation Department with guidance from the Head of Preservation and the Library Conservator.

The 2012 Lennox Foundation Internship provides a $3,200 stipend and university housing for 12 weeks. Applications must be received by Thursday, January 19, 2012.

CFP - Virginia Libraries

Virginia Libraries Call for Papers

Virginia Libraries seeks to publish articles and reviews of interest to the library community in Virginia. Articles and interviews reporting research, library programs and events, information of particular interest to libraries in Virginia, and opinion pieces are all considered for publication. Queries are encouraged. Brief announcements and press releases should be distributed via the VLA listservs and blog (

Please submit manuscripts via email as attachments in Microsoft Word, rich text, or plain text format. Articles should be double-spaced with any bibliographic notes occurring at the end of the article. Please avoid using the automatic note creation function provided by some word processing programs.

Work published in Virginia Libraries conforms to the latest edition of the Chicago Manual of Style and Webster`s Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged. Accepted pieces are subject to editing for style and clarity. Authors will be consulted on points of fact.

Articles should generally fall within the range of 750-3,000 words. Please query the editors before submitting any work of greater length.

Reviews should consider works produced by Virginia creators or concerning Virginia subjects that have been published within the last two years. The reviewed works can appeal to any age or audience or appear in any format or area of the arts, sciences, and humanities. Reviews generally fall within the range of 500-1,500 words and must include a bibliographic citation in Chicago style and an evaluative statement supported by evidence from the text. Please query the editors before writing or submitting a review.

All work submitted for consideration will be reviewed by the editors and may be refereed by the editorial board. Material not selected for publication will be returned within three months.

VLA holds the copyright on all material published in Virginia Libraries. Contributors receive one copy of the issue in which their work appears.

Illustrations are encouraged and should be submitted whenever appropriate to accompany a manuscript. Hard-copy illustrations will be returned if requested in advance. Digital images should have a resolution of at least 300 dpi. Authors are responsible for securing legal permission to publish photographs and other illustrations.

Each contributor should provide a brief sketch of professional accomplishments of no more than fifty words that includes current title, affiliation, and email address. Unless specified otherwise, this information will be shared with readers of Virginia Libraries. Physical addresses should also be provided for the mailing of contributors` copies.

Email manuscripts and queries to both Cy Dillon,, and Lyn C. A. Gardner, Please be sure to include both editors.

CFP: Public Services Quarterly

General CFP: Public Services Quarterly

Helping libraries keep pace with innovations in user education, reference services, accessibility, and technology
Editor: Beth Blakesley, Washington State University

To view a FREE online sample copy, go to:

Manuscript Submissions:
Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to the editor, Beth Blakesley, at:
For more information including subscription rates and publication details,
please visit:

Public Services Quarterly covers a broad spectrum of public service issues in academic libraries, presenting practical strategies for implementing new initiatives and research-based insights into effective practices. The
journal publishes research-based and theoretical articles as well as case studies that advance the understanding of public services, including reference and research assistance, information literacy instruction, access and delivery services, and other services to patrons. Articles may examine creative ways to use technology to assist students and faculty. Practice-based articles are thoroughly grounded in the literature and situate the work done in one library into the larger context.

Public Services Quarterly also publishes a strong selection of continuing columns. Columns aim to keep public service librarians up to date on the latest resources, from the latest professional books and important web sites, to articles on key themes in the field. Other columns illuminate the thoughts of graduate students in graduate library and information science programs worldwide; key issues in technology as they relate to public services, fresh marketing ideas, and issues confronting academic special libraries.

Print ISSN: 1522-8959
Online ISSN: 1522-9114

CFP: 2nd Milwaukee Conference on the Ethics ofInformation Organization

CFP: 2nd Milwaukee Conference on the Ethics ofInformation Organization

June 15-16, 2012
Milwaukee, WI

Information organization, like other major functions ofthe information professions, faces many ethical challenges. In our literature,ethical concerns have been raised with regard to, topics such as, the role ofnational and international tools and standards, provision of subject access toinformation, deprofessionalization and outsourcing, education of professionals,and the effects of globalization. These issues and many others like them haveserious implications for quality and equity in information access. TheInformation Organization Research Group and the Center for Information PolicyResearch of the School of Information Studies at the University ofWisconsin-Milwaukee join in presenting this second conference to address theethics of information organization.

Like the first Ethics of Information Organizationconference held in Milwaukee May 2009, this conference (June 2012) welcomespapers on ethics and any element of information organization from catalogingstandards to tagging; subject access; technology; the profession; cultural,economic, political, corporate, international, multicultural and multilingualaspects.

Invited speakers will include:
Opening speaker: Jens-Erik Mai, University of Toronto
Closing speaker: Richard Smiraglia, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Other invited speakers will be announced.

We invite submission of proposals for papers which willinclude: name(s) of presenter(s), title(s), affiliation(s), contact informationand abstracts of 300-500 words. Presentations will be 20 minutes. Time will beset aside for questions as well as broader discussion. All abstracts will bepublished on the Web site of the UW-Milwaukee Information Organization ResearchGroup. Full papers will be published in a special issue of KnowledgeOrganization .

Abstracts due: February 15, 2012
Notification of acceptance by: March 15, 2012
Full papers due: July 15, 2012

Submit proposals via email to:
Hope A Olson, Conference Chair ( )

The Program Committee:
Bobby Bothmann , Minnesota State University Mankato
Grant Campbell , University of Western Ontario, Canada
Allyson Carlyle , University of Washington, USA
José Augusto Chaves Guimarães , Universidade EstadualPaulista, Brazil
Birger Hjørland, Professor , The Royal School of Libraryand Information Science in Denmark
Lynne C Howarth , University of Toronto, Canada
Charles-Antoine Julien , McGill University, Canada
Joyce Latham , University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
Hur-Li Lee , University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
Steven J. Miller , University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
Hope A Olson , University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
Sandra Roe , Milner Library, Illinois State University,USA
Richard P. Smiraglia , University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee,USA
Joe Tennis , University of Washington, USA
Michael Zimmer , University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA

CFP - SPARC Open Access Meeting Innovation Fair

Call for proposals: SPARC Open Access Meeting Innovation Fair
Washington, DC – Proposals are now being invited for the SPARC 2012 Open Access Meeting Innovation Fair, where new technologies and strategies will be showcased in engaging, informative, rapid-fire presentations. The Innovation Fair is a highlight to the regular SPARC meeting, now set for the Kansas City Intercontinental Hotel, March 11 through 13, 2012.

The SPARC Open Access meeting expands on the popular SPARC Digital Repositories meetings, hosted biennially since 2004, and will provide a North American-based complement to the popular “Innovations in Scholarly Communication (OAI)” workshop held in Geneva in alternating years. The SPARC meeting will be a regular forum for a full discussion of Open Access as an emerging norm in research and scholarship, and will emphasize collaborative actions that stakeholders can take to effect positive change.

The Innovation Fair invites participants – librarians, technologists, research producers, research funders, publishers, and others – to present, in no more than two minutes, innovative or creative approaches to: use of open content, content discovery, value-added services, impact assessment, commercial and other innovation using open resources, and Open Access advocacy.

For details and to submit a proposal, visit Submissions must be received no later than January 18, 2012.

The Innovation Fair will be held Monday, March 12, in conjunction with the conference-wide reception. Registration for the meeting is required to attend.

Register now. Early bird rates start at $265 for SPARC members and expire January 15, 2012.
Hotel reservations are available for the conference rate of $139 per night and must be made by February 17, 2012.

Sponsorships are available.
For more information, visit the meeting Web site at

CFP - Journal of Hospital Librarianship

Call for Papers for the Technology Column of the Journal of Hospital Librarianship
Yoohoo hospital librarians–here is a call for papers that is right up your alley. Done anything really cool and technologically innovative in your hospital library recently? Want to beef up your CV by adding a publication to it? Deeply into sharing what your techno know-how with other health sciences librarians? Well, here is your chance.

As one of the editors of the technology column of the Journal of Hospital Librarianship I am issuing a call for papers for an upcoming issue.

Here are the details. I need to get the article to the journal’s chief editor by Apil 1, 2012. And I can help you if you are not the most confident writer in the world. We all need to start somewhere, right?

There is no payment for the articles, but having an article on your CV is defintely a plus these days and it never hurts to have info about an article and a project about your library available on the Web.

Columns should be 8-10 pages in length, 12 point type, double spaced.

Original articles, only please. Submission of a manuscript to this Journal represents a certification on the part of the author(s) that this is an original work and that neither this manuscript nor a version of it has been published elsewhere.

Please submit article proposals to Hope Leman at hleman[atsign]samhealth[dot]org.

I am interpreting “technology” pretty broadly given that so much of what health sciences librarians do is digital/electronic. Therefore, please don’t be shy about suggesting ideas. And you don’t even have to be a hospital librarian (though the subject matter of the proposed article should be of interest to that audience).
I have found it is very useful to have published articles as it illustrates that you are innovative and it is very convenient to have a handy write-up in your files to help those down the road attempting to implement something similar to what you have already done.

Call for papers: Health and Biosciences Libraries Section (IFLA 2012)

Call for papers: Health and Biosciences Libraries Section (IFLA 2012)

Theme: “Using Assessment to Drive Change: Demonstrating the Value of Health Information”

Submissions should be sent by email to: before Friday February 17th 2012

Colleagues from around the world are invited to submit an abstract for consideration for the Open Session sponsored by the Health and Biosciences Libraries (HBL) section.

"I hope librarians are not waiting for people to create a strategy for them. My observation is that professions need to create their own strategy and see if they can sell it. I think librarians need to tell me what it is that only they can do that adds value, and make sure that I can really understand it." Nigel Crisp, Chief Executive of the National Health Service (UK) until 2006 and now a member of the House of Lords in the UK Parliament where he speaks on health and development.

Aim and Scope of the Session:

How do librarians measure the impact of what they do? What have we learned about evaluation and assessing impact from business and from other part of the public service and academia? Health libraries are a core part of the infrastructure underpinning clinical practice, teaching, research and delivery of healthcare around the world. Too often they are seen as support services which, while making a valuable contribution to the development of the knowledge base in health, are particularly vulnerable in difficult economic times. As Nigel Crisp makes clear. nobody else can demonstrate the value of what we do. Meeting his challenge will require a rigorously scientific approach to assessment, a detailed knowledge of the expectations of policy makers and management and the communication skills to demonstrate that we can meet them.

Evaluation is where science and policy meet. This session will teach us about scientific approaches to assessing the delivery of health information and how the findings of this assessment support planning and demonstrate how essential our work is to the goal of better health outcomes for all.

Papers may cover some of the following topics:

Measuring the impact of health libraries: what models should we be using?
What should we be assessing? We all gather data on usage but what does it actually demonstrate?
Science is not all about numbers: how have libraries used qualitative methods to measure impact and demonstrate value?
Why should policy makers/funders/management care? How aware are we of the needs of management and the issues that currently concern them?
We know what we do is valuable but how do we get it across? Communicating the findings of research and evaluation needs to be tailored to the audience receiving the message.

It is anticipated that presentations be 20 minutes with time for questions at the end of the session.

Important dates:

Friday February 17th 2012: Deadline for submission of abstract
Friday March 16th 2012: Notification of acceptance/rejection
Friday May 4th 2011: Deadline for submission of text

Submission Guidelines

The proposals must be submitted in an electronic format and must contain:

Title of paper
Summary of paper (250 - 350 words maximum)
Speaker's name, address, telephone and fax numbers, professional affiliation, email address and biographical note (40 words)

The final paper should preferably be presented as a paper (that may be published on the IFLA website and as an option in the IFLA Journal). If the final presentation will be in the format of a power point, a substantial abstract will be required, including references such as URLs and bibliographies

Submissions should be sent by email to: before Friday February 17th 2012

Brian Galvin. Chair, IFLA Health and Biosciences Libraries Section.

Proposals will be reviewed by a sub-committee of members of HBS Standing Committees.

Please note

All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IFLA, but a special invitation can be issued to authors/presenters if that is required.

CFP: What is library and information science

CFP: What is library and information science (New Journal from National Graduate School of Information Sciences and Libraries)

What is LIS?

The National Graduate School of Information Sciences andLibraries (École nationale supérieure des sciences de l'information et des bibliothèques--ENSSIB) located in Lyons, France isplanning to create a new scholarly journal in its areas of expertise.

Each number of this new journal will include a thematicsection. For the first issue the themewill be an investigation of the question: "What is library and informationscience?"

The editor for this theme will be Raphaële Mouren whoserves as a professor (Maître de conférences) at the University de Lyon-ENSSIB.

In the English speaking world the term "library andinformation science" is widely used in titles of publications and as thename of an academic discipline; in addition LIS serves to designate schools and departments as well as diplomas, andspecialized library collections.

In Europe, and especially in France, the domain of LIS isless well defined.
Twenty years ago,in 1992, the phrase "information sciences" was added to the nameof the National Graduate Library Schoolof France (l'Ecole nationale supérieure des bibliothèques -ENSB) when it wastransformed into an institution of higher education that integrated researchwith professional training. Thus theterm "Information sciences and libraries"
came into being. But what exactly does that phrase cover? Does it include all the specializations covered at l'ENSSIB: informationscience and
communication on the one hand, and historical study onthe other? Is it
understood in Europe as being solely a field ofprofessional training for future librarians, or has it also become a field forscholarly research?

For the first number of the ENSSIB journal we are seekingproposals that attempt to define and document the history of library andinformation science**. Authors should submit their proposals of no more than1,000 words by January 15th. Authorswhose proposals are accepted should plan to submit their completed manuscriptsby June 1, 2012.

Email :

Fax : +33 (0)4 72 44 43 44

Que sont les SIB?

L'École nationale supérieure des sciences del'information et des bibliothèques (enssib, Lyon, France) souhaite créer unenouvelle revue scientifique dédiée à ses domaines de compétence.

Chaque numéro de cette nouvelle revue devra comprendreune partie thématique. Pour son premier numéro, cette partie thématique seraconsacrée à : « Que sont les Sciences de l'information et des bibliothèques ?». Elle est coordonnée par Raphaële Mouren, maître de conferences à l'enssib.

L'expression « Library and Information Sciences » estcouramment utilisée dans le monde anglo-saxon, aussi bien dans des publicationsque dans le domaine universitaire, où elle sert à désigner des facultés, desdiplômes, des fonds documentaires.

En Europe, et plus particulièrement en France, le domainereste moins bien défini. En 1992, il y a vingt ans, l'expression, traduite enfrançais, a été utilisée pour transformer l'Ecole nationale supérieure desbibliothèques en une institution d'enseignement supérieur intégrant larecherche aux activités de formation professionnelles. Les « sciences del'information et des bibliothèques » étaient nées. Mais que recouvrent-elles ?Englobent-elles l'ensemble des domaines de compétence de l'enssib, les sciencesde l'information et de la communication d'un côté, l'histoire de l'autre ?Sont-elles comprises en Europe comme un domaine de formation professionnelledes futurs bibliothécaires uniquement, ou bien aussi comme un champ de larecherche scientifique ?

Les articles proposés dans ce premier numéro de la revuede l'enssib tenteront de définir et faire l'histoire des « Sciences del'information et des bibliothèques ».

Les propositions (1000 mots maximum) sont à envoyer pourle 15 janvier.

Les textes acceptés devront être envoyés pour le 1er juin2012.

Email :

Fax : +33 (0)4 72 44 43 44

CFP: IFLA volume on Marketing Library & Information Services

CFP: IFLA volume on Marketing Library & Information Services

To be published in:
‘Green-Back’ IFLA publication Series, by De Gruyter Saur, Munich (Germany)

IFLA’s role in bringing marketing closer to libraries is of significance in many ways. Its formation of a new Section on
Management and Marketing in 1996 was an important step in this direction. This section has taken up many initiatives to bring marketing into the heart of libraries and librarians. It has organized many workshops/ conferences and made the marketing theme popular; brought out many useful publications putting marketing jargon in simple ways; promoted the marketing theme for inclusion in the course curricula; and worked for identifying best practices through instituting international award on marketing.

In 2006, the publication ‘Marketing Library and Information Services: International Perspectives’, edited by Dinesh K. Gupta, Christie Koontz, Angels Massisimo and Rejean Savard was brought out under the auspicious of IFLA. The publication was well received in the library community world over and was reviewed in many international journals
in English and other languages.

To continue the efforts, new publication ‘Marketing Library and Information Services: A Global Outlook’ is being planned and which will be published by IFLA’s official publisher De Gruyter Saur under the ‘Green-Back’ Publication Series, in the last quarter of 2012.

Library and information professionals (practitioners, researchers, faculty members, consultants, and others) who have put exemplary marketing efforts are encouraged to share their experiences by way of contributing papers for the volume broadly related with the following areas:
1. Changing marketing concepts
2. Marketing library and information services (MLIS) in different countries
3. Marketing library and information services in different kind of libraries
4. Education, training and research
5. Web based marketing

We would also request contributors to focus on recent developments in the field like: marketing of e-resources, digital library marketing, consortia based library marketing, marketing of e-products/ services, marketing through training/ information literacy, marketing library services to global community, and other such aspects which are contemporarily significant on the theme and which they would like to share with the library community worldwide.

Select papers will be put together in the volume to bring the global outlook of marketing library and information services.

The Editorial Team: The team consists present & past members of IFLA Management and Marketing Section:

Dinesh K. Gupta, Dept. of Library and Infromation Sc., Vardhaman
Mahaveer Open University, Kota, India

Christie Koontz, School of Information Studies, Florida State
University, Florida, USA

Angels Massisimo, University of Barcelone, Spain

Submission of expression of interest with proposal- 31st January. 2012
Confirmation to authors for the contribution: 15th March 2012
Submission of full papers-31st May 2012

CFP: Timberline Acquisitions Institute

CFP: Timberline Acquisitions Institute (2012)

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 19-22, 2012.

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, 2011.

To submit a proposal, send an abstract of 200 words or less to:

CFP: Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adult Issue on Twenty-First Century Literacies.

CFP: Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adult Issue on Twenty-First Century Literacies.

Call for Papers Spring 2012
JRLYA seeks papers for its Spring 2012 issue on the theme of Twenty-First Century Literacies.


The issue will feature articles focusing on different twenty-first century literacies. Possibilities include information literacy, traditional literacy, multicultural literacy, transliteracy, visual literacy, media literacy, civic literacy, or economic literacy, to name a few.

Contributors are invited to submit articles that focus on literacies from different theoretical, pedagogical, practical, policy and research perspectives. Guidance can also be found in YALSA’s National Research Agenda.

Please contact Sandra Hughes-Hassell, editor, at to discuss submissions and use the author guidelines.

Submission Deadline: February 13, 2012

Thursday, December 22, 2011

CFP - Columbia University Libraries Symposium

9th Columbia University Libraries Symposium
"New Models of Academic Collaboration"
Will be held on March 16th, 2012
Columbia University, Uris Hall

The planning committee for the 9th Columbia University Libraries Symposium invites submissions of proposals for presentations to be delivered at the symposium at Columbia University in the City of New York on March 16, 2012.

The theme for this year's symposium, ?New Models of Academic Collaboration? will focus on how research libraries are discovering the value of collaboration among and within institutions. As these collaborative models evolve, they foster new approaches to scholarship among faculty, students, library professionals, and institutions. The symposium will address questions such as: What are these new models and approaches? How are they being applied? How can they be replicated or adapted? Alternative topics within the umbrella theme will also be considered. All proposals should explore both the challenges and possible resolutions and can be based on either actual experience or hypothetical proposition.

Abstracts should focus clearly on the theme of the symposium, and should convey in 250-500 words the scope, conclusions, and relevance of the presentation. Formats for presentations are flexible. We will consider talks, panels, and Pecha Kucha style (lightning talks). Submissions will be accepted until January 18, 2012, and should be submitted by e-mail to Please include your complete contact information with your submission. Responses from the committee will be sent by Feb 12, 2012.

In your submission please state the type of presentation you would like to give. Audio and visual technology needs will be accommodated. The final presentations will be due on March 11, 2012, and represent a commitment on the part of the submitter to present the paper at Columbia University on March 16th, 2012.

Please send questions to the planning committee at

Monday, December 19, 2011

CFP - Journal of Library and Information Service for Distance Learning

The Journal of Library and Information Service for Distance Learning, a peer-reviewed journal published by Routledge, welcomes the submission of manuscripts.

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.

Topics can include but are not limited to:

Faculty/librarian cooperation and collaboration
Information literacy
Instructional service techniques
Information delivery
Reference services
Document delivery
Developing collections

If you are interested in submitting an article, this journal uses ScholarOne Manuscripts (previously Manuscript Central) to peer review manuscript submissions. Please read the “Guide for ScholarOne Authors” at before making a submission. Complete guidelines for preparing and submitting your manuscript to this journal are provided at or can be emailed to you directly. WLIS receives all manuscript submissions electronically via their ScholarOne Manuscripts website located at: ScholarOne Manuscripts allows for rapid submission of original and revised manuscripts, as well as facilitating the review process and internal communication between authors, editors and reviewers via a web-based platform. ScholarOne Manuscripts technical support can be accessed via

Inquiries and questions are welcome and can be sent directly to the editor, Jodi Poe, at

Please note: We accept manuscript submissions through the year. The deadline to have your article appear in our next issue, if accepted, is January 1, 2012. Accepted and approved manuscripts received after this date have no guarantee of being included in the next published issue.

Award - H.W. Wilson Foundation Research Award

2012 Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) H.W. Wilson Foundation Research Award.

This award of up to $3,000 supports research activities by ARLIS/NA members in the fields of librarianship, visual resources curatorship, and the arts. The award seeks to promote research which benefits the professions of art librarianship and visual resources as well as the broader library profession. Proposals may address the compilation and dissemination of information, translation of original scholarship, analysis of the professions, or the enhancement of access to information. Eligible projects include those which result in original scholarship in the arts (performing, architectural, visual, etc.) or aspects of visual and material culture.

Applications and accompanying material must be postmarked by February 3rd, 2012.

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
Kathy Edwards, Clemson University,
Cara List, University of Oregon,

Internship - Library of Congress

The Library of Congress Junior Fellows Summer Intern program (10 weeks) provides a competitive selection of undergraduate and graduate students’ insights into the environment, culture, and collections of the world's largest and most comprehensive repository of human knowledge. Through the Junior Fellows program, the Library of Congress furthers its mission to provide access to a universal record of human knowledge and creativity as exemplified by its collections, while supporting current and future generations of students and scholars. The interns inventory, catalog, arrange, preserve and research a backlog of copyright or special collections in many different formats in various divisions. Near the end of their time at the Library, the interns join together to present a one-day exhibit of the rarest, most historically significant, and compelling gems they have discovered during the course of their work. This group celebration of their internship and the important finds they have brought to light from the Library’s collections is open to members of Congress, Library staff, the press and is always an eagerly anticipated event.

More information and application procedures
Frequently Asked Questions
2010 Library of Congress Junior Fellows Webcast
Gazette Article (pages 4-5) [PDF, 2.1 MB]


Sunday, December 18, 2011

Symposium - Toronto Convention. About Photographic Collections: Definitions, Descriptions, Access

We would like to inform you of the Ryerson Image Centre's 2012
symposium, *Toronto
Convention. About Photographic Collections: Definitions, Descriptions,
Access*. This event is being held from January 19-21, 2012. *

Organized by Dr. Thierry Gervais, the symposium will bring together
international speakers to Toronto for lectures and panel discussions.
During these three days, we aim to highlight the multifaceted nature of the
photographic object and the necessity to define terms of vocabulary and
vocabulary-related standards in use to describe and to make photographs
accessible. This symposium is one of several events leading up to the
launch of the Ryerson Image Centre (RIC), which will open it's doors to the
public in September 2012. This symposium has been made possible through the
generous support of Les Amis de la Bibliothèque Clémentine, The Howard and
Carole Tanenbaum Family Charitable Foundation and the Consulat Général de
France à Toronto.

Due to limited seating, if you wish to attend the conference, please
register online at For
further information about the symposium discussions and speakers, please
consult the attached program.

All the best,

Chantal Wilson, MA
Media Collections Assistant

Gallery. Research. Collections.

Ryerson University
350 Victoria Street | Toronto, ON | M5B 2K3
P: 416.979.5000 x.2642
F: 416.979.5368
Ryerson Image Centre*

*The Black Star Collection at Ryerson University*

CFP - Milwaukee Conference on the Ethics of Information Organization

2nd Milwaukee Conference on the Ethics of Information Organization

June 15-16, 2012
Milwaukee, WI

Information organization, like other major functions of the information professions, faces many ethical challenges. In our literature, ethical concerns have been raised with regard to, topics such as, the role of national and international tools and standards, provision of subject access to information, deprofessionalization and outsourcing, education of professionals, and the effects of globalization. These issues and many others like them have serious implications for quality and equity in information access. The Information Organization Research Group and the Center for Information Policy Research of the School of Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee join in presenting this second conference to address the ethics of information organization.

Like the first Ethics of Information Organization conference held in Milwaukee May 2009, this conference (June 2012) welcomes papers on ethics and any element of information organization from cataloging standards to tagging; subject access; technology; the profession; cultural, economic, political, corporate, international, multicultural and multilingual aspects.

Invited speakers will include:
Opening speaker: Jens-Erik Mai, University of Toronto
Closing speaker: Richard Smiraglia, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Other invited speakers will be announced.

We invite submission of proposals for papers which will include: name(s) of presenter(s), title(s), affiliation(s), contact information and abstracts of 300-500 words. Presentations will be 20 minutes. Time will be set aside for questions as well as broader discussion. All abstracts will be published on the Web site of the UW-Milwaukee Information Organization Research Group. Full papers will be published in a special issue of Knowledge Organization .

Abstracts due: February 15, 2012
Notification of acceptance by: March 15, 2012
Full papers due: July 15, 2012

Submit proposals via email to:
Hope A Olson, Conference Chair ( )

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Grant - Carroll Preston Baber research grant

Carroll Preston Baber research grant call for proposals

Do you have a project that is just waiting for the right funding? Are you thinking about ways that libraries can improve services to users?

The American Library Association (ALA) gives an annual grant for those conducting research that will lead to the improvement of services to users. The Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant is given to one or more librarians or library educators who will conduct innovative research that could lead to an improvement in services to any specified group of people.

The grant, up to $3,000, will be given to a proposed project that aims to answer a question of vital importance to the library community that is national in scope. Among the review panel criteria are:

1) The research problem is clearly defined, with a specific question or questions that can be answered by collecting data.
2) The applicant(s) clearly describe a strategy for data collection whose methods are appropriate to the research question(s). A review of the literature, methodologies, etc. is not considered research (e.g., methodology review rather than application of a methodology) for purposes of the award, except where the literature review is the primary method of collecting data.
3) The research question focuses on benefits to library users and should be applied and have practical value as opposed to theoretical.
4) The applicant(s) demonstrate ability to undertake and successfully complete the project.
5) The application provides evidence that sufficient time and resources have been allocated to the effort. Appropriate institutional commitment to the project has been secured.

Any ALA member may apply, and the Jury would welcome projects that involve both a practicing librarian and a researcher. Deadline is December 12, 2011.

Check out this web site to find procedures and an application form:

Questions? Contact Randy Call,

J. Randolph Call
Assistant Director for Technical Services
Detroit Public Library
5201 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202
FAX: 313-832-0877



HEY! Do you need financial assistance to pursue graduate education in archival science? Or financial support to attend a professional conference? If so, then check out these opportunities from the SOCIETY OF AMERICAN ARCHIVISTS . . .


$7,500 in financial support to graduate students in their second year of archival studies at a United States university.

$5,000 in financial support to minority students pursuing graduate education in archival science. Must be citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada.

$10,000 in financial support to minority students pursuing graduate education in archival science. Must be citizen or permanent resident of the United States.


$1,000 in support of registration, travel, and accommodation expenses to attend SAA Annual Meeting in San Diego in August 2012. Must be a SAA member who is currently enrolled in a North American archival education program or who graduated from an archival education program in the previous calendar year.

HAROLD T. PINKETT MINORITY STUDENT AWARD Complimentary registration and related expenses for hotel and travel to attend SAA Annual Meeting in San Diego in August 2012. For minority undergraduate and graduate students. See

Deadline for Applications: February 28, 2012. Get yours at

Society of American Archivists

SCHOLARSHIP - Association of Jewish Libraries


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

For information about the scholarships, from the official website,

"In order to encourage students to train for, and enter, the field of Judaica librarianship, the Association of Jewish Libraries awards a scholarship to a student attending or planning to attend a graduate school of library and information science. Prospective candidates should have an interest in, and demonstrate a potential for, pursuing a career in Judaica librarianship."

For information about applying and eligibility, please visit:

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Fellowship - Google Policy Fellows

The American Library Association’s Washington Office is participating in the Google Policy Fellows program. For the summer of 2012, the selected fellow will spend 10 weeks in residence at the ALA Washington Office to learn about national policy and complete a major project. Google provides the stipend for the summer, but the work is directed by ALA and the fellow. The Google Washington office provides an educational program for all of the fellows, such as lunchtime talks. Complete details and a link to the application are here:

Applications are due by February 3, 2012. Please direct questions to: Alan Inouye, Director, ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) at

Internship - Preservation and Conservation Internship

Iowa State University is accepting applications for the 2012 Lennox Foundation Preservation and Conservation Internship. This twelve (12) week internship is intended to give current graduate students and recent graduates of preservation and/or 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 Preservation Department and will undertake and complete a project based on their interests and skills, and the needs and capabilities of the Department.

Eligibility and requirements:
* Applicants must currently be graduate students, in good standing, in a program of library and archives preservation administration or conservation; or a recent graduate of such a program;
* Applicants must have completed at least four preservation or conservation courses before the anticipated start date of this internship;
* Applicants must commit to 12 consecutive weeks of full-time employment as interns;
* Internship must be completed between March 1 and November 15, 2012;
* At the end of the internship, the intern will be required to submit a final report or project;
* Applicants must have student or working visas if not U.S. citizens.

The 2012 Lennox Foundation Internship provides a $3,200 stipend and university housing for 12 weeks.

For more information see:

To apply for the Lennox Foundation Preservation and Conservation Internship please submit the following items: 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); graduate program description including requirements and course descriptions (indicate the classes you have completed).

Deadline for application is Thursday, January 19, 2012

Submit these items to:
Hilary T. Seo
Lennox Foundation Internship
Iowa State University
441 Parks Library
Ames, IA 50011-2140

Send electronic applications to:

Archival Internship - National Museum of American History

Christopher B. Cope and Jamie J. Shaw Archival Internship, Summer 2012 (

The Archives Center is seeking a qualified graduate student for one paid archival internship. Qualified candidates must be enrolled in a graduate degree program and have completed graduate course work in archival, library, or information management, and/or graduate course work in American history, American Studies, Museum Studies, Public History. Recent graduates may also apply.

Interns in the Archives Center will participate in a wide variety of projects under the direction of professional archival staff. Students will gain career-relevant archival experience in a Museum setting while contributing to the work of the Institution. The internship stipend is $5,000 and is subject to tax. Housing, benefits, and transportation are not provided.

The Cope/Shaw Internship is open to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or national origin.

Internships are located in the Museum's Archives Center, a manuscripts and special collections repository with more than 1,200 collections in a wide range of subject areas and a full time staff of eight. See for more details. The internship experience is designed to assist the Archives Center staff with its reference functions.

Reference Internship: Assist researchers in the reading room; retrieve and re-shelve materials; help staff respond to public inquiries concerning Archives Center collections; assist in research in collections and compose replies; make reproductions of audiovisual materials and photocopies from collections; digitize and create usable metadata for collection materials under the supervision of the Reference Team. Other duties as assigned.

A commitment of 40 hours per week (Monday-Friday) for a 10 week period is required. United States citizenship is not required but nonresident aliens must apply for the appropriate U.S. visa if selected. Selected candidate should have basic computer skills; be proficient in English; have good handwriting, be flexible to changing situations; be reliable and responsible; be able to work independently as well as in a group environment; be able to accept supervision; be able to perform repetitive tasks; have good organizational skills; be detail oriented; and have the ability to lift a 40 lb box.

Applicants must apply through the Smithsonian online application system SOLAA. Applications submitted outside of SOLAA or after the deadline will not be accepted. All application materials will be made available to the Archives Center staff and its advisors. The Archives Center cannot arrange an internship project or award a stipend to all qualified candidates.

Complete applications in SOLAA must include the following:
• Internship Program application form
• Cover letter
• CV/Resume
• An essay (no more than 3 pages single spaced) exploring how history is relevant today and why archival work is an important part of our society.
• Graduate transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
• Two letters of reference

All materials must be submitted to the online application system by February 11, 2012 for consideration. One offer will be made by April 9, 2012. The internship begins on or after June 4, 2012.

For further information contact:
Alison L. Oswald, Archivist
Archives Center Internship Coordinator
National Museum of American History
Smithsonian Institution
Archives Center, Room 1100, MRC 601
P.O. Box 37012
Washington, DC 20013-7012
Phone (202) 633-3726
Fax (202) 786-2453

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Online classes - reference and archives

Travel budgets are being cut, staff time is stretched, and training sources are going away. Master Plans Inc has an affordable alternative for libraries, archives, and students!

Master Plans Inc has added a second online self-paced course to catalog. AR 101 - Dating Photographs is designed for anyone who needs to date photos - librarians, archivists, genealogists, or historians. The class covers dating photographers and studios, identifying and dating processes, and dating by clothing and hair styles. Both print and online sources are given. Students earn one CEU and can print a transcript when they complete it. The cost is only $30.

The class joins LS 101- The Reference Interview. This online course will provide opportunities to learn the effective reference interview. You will learn ways to assist diverse groups of patrons, including those with disabilities or who are not native English speakers. You will learn search methods and specialized resources for specific topics, tips and practical techniques that can be used immediately, plus a webliography. Quizzes and exercises are included. Three CEUs are granted. The cost is only $100, and if you are training a group of new employees, there is a 20% discount for five or more classes per calendar year (with December 2011 included in the 2012 year).

To get started, just go to

We also keep a rolling list of events and calls for participation at

For more resources, check us out at or on Facebook

Monday, November 28, 2011

Grant - European Librarianship

The Western European Studies Section (WESS) is pleased to announce the establishment of the WESS-De Gruyter European Librarianship Study Grant which will provide funds ($3,000) for an academic librarian to travel to Europe to research library resources from or relating to Europe.

Applications are now being accepted through Jan. 13, 2012! Please consider applying!

For more details on the grant including submission requirements, criteria and eligibility, please see: . Please also see the attached flyer.

Many thanks to the Walter de Gruyter Foundation for Scholarship and Research [Stiftung für Wissenschaft und Forschung] for its generous support of this grant.

Please contact me with any questions.

Brian Vetruba

Chair, WESS Award Committee

Past Chair, Western European Studies Section (ACRL) 314.935.4824

CFP - LOEX of the West

The LOEX of the West 2012 Conference Committee invites you to submit proposals to be considered for presentation at the LOEX of the West (LOTW) Conference, June 6-8, 2012 at Woodbury University, Burbank, California.

Our theme for the conference is : Creative Landscapes: Designing Information Literacy for All Terrains

For more information on submitting proposals, please see the LOTW 2012 website at:

Diane Zwemer

(LOTW 2012 Conference Committee)

Library Instruction Coordinator

Woodbury University

CALL FOR PAPERS: The Many Faces of Information Competence

CALL FOR PAPERS: The Many Faces of Information Competence

Academic Exchange Quarterly

Fall 2012, Volume 16, Issue 3


Academic librarians are increasingly instructing targeted groups within the academic environment. Such groups include freshman learning communities, international students, graduate students, and faculty. Each of these groups is far from homogenous because of the diversity of their expectations of libraries and their information-seeking experiences. Even into the twenty-first century, many faculty members, for example, are reluctant to use electronic resources. How can we develop instruction programs that will address the shared needs of such groups and the diverse needs of individuals? What assessment tools are available to measure the success of such programs? How can we identify constituencies being underserved? Manuscripts are sought that describe successful (and even unsuccessful) approaches to information literacy for targeted groups and/or diverse populations in higher education. Manuscripts are also sought that report on quantitative or qualitative evaluations of the impact of information literacy programs, courses, and components of courses.

Who May Submit:

Manuscripts are sought from academic librarians, teaching faculty, and administrators in higher education who work with information literacy competencies. Please identify your submission with keyword: LIBRARY

Submission deadline:

Any time until the end of May, 2012; see details for other deadline options like early, regular, and short.

Submission Procedure:

Feature Co-editors
Heidi Blackburn, Undergraduate Services Librarian, Assistant Professor
Kansas State University - Salina
Lisa Craft, Graduate and Faculty Services Librarian, Assistant Professor
Kansas State University - Salina

Heidi Blackburn, MLS
Undergraduate Services Librarian
Kansas State University - Salina
2310 Centennial Rd
Salina, KS 67401
(785) 826-2637

Conference on Privacy and the Challenge of Technology

The Information Ethics Roundtable
Conference on Privacy and the Challenge of Technology
Hunter College
New York, New York
April 27, 2012

Keynote Speaker: Helen Nissenbaum, (Media, Culture, and Communication, NYU), author of Privacy in Context: Technology, Policy, and the Integrity of Social Life (Stanford Law, 2010)

Invited speaker: James Stacey Taylor (Philosophy, Religion, and Classical Studies, College of New Jersey), author of Stakes and Kidneys: Why Markets in Human Body Parts are a Moral Imperative (Ashgate, 2005).

In one sense information technology has been a boon for privacy. For instance, ATMs and online banking mean that we seldom have to present ourselves to a teller. Online shopping offers similar benefits. However, technology can also pose a serious threat to privacy, since so much of what we now do leaves an enduring digital record. This information can then be recombined to create detailed personal profiles that could not have emerged in pre-digital days. Moreover, this information can be distributed far, wide, and immediately without our consent or even knowledge.

Information ethics studies the value questions that arise from the creation, control, and access to information. The Information Ethics Roundtable is a yearly conference that brings together philosophers, information scientists, librarians, and social scientists to discuss ethical issues such as intellectual property, intellectual freedom, and censorship. This year's conference will address conceptual, empirical, and ethical issues related to privacy and the connection between privacy and information technology. Questions addressed will include:

Is privacy valuable?
To what extent does privacy benefit from technology?
To what extent is privacy threatened by technology?
When is the sharing of others' personal information appropriate or inappropriate?
To what extent is privacy law keeping up with changes in technology?
Should people generally enjoy a high degree of anonymity when in public?
Does privacy have a future?

Submit an abstract of up to 500 words on any of the above or closely related topics. E-mail submissions to Include your full name, institutional affiliation, and e-mail address. Address any queries about the conference to Tony Doyle at the address given above.

Submission Deadline: January 2, 2012

Acceptance Notification: January 31, 2012

Internship - Seaport Museum

Archival Internships

Seaport Museum

Internship Description:

The Museum of the City of New York has assumed management of
the Seaport Museum and now seeks library school students interested in an
archives internship. Interns will work
with two archivists and will assist with inventorying, assessing, and providing
a basic level of physical and intellectual control for a collection of photographs,
prints, ship plans and personal papers. Interns
will work with the museum’s archival collection and will have the opportunity
to gain experience in cataloging, handling fragile objects, re-housing objects,
collection processing, and/or writing basic finding aids or collection guides.


Interns are required for a minimum commitment of one full
day a week (7 hours), scheduled during the Monday - Friday workweek.
Internships are unpaid. Candidates must
be currently enrolled in a Masters program for Library Science. Interns
must be able to lift boxes weighing up to 40 pounds. Students with a focus in Archival Studies are
encouraged to apply.

To be considered for this
opportunity, please send a cover letter and resume to Anne DiFabio, Assistant

Friday, November 25, 2011

Fellowship- Increasing African American Diversity in Archives

Increasing African American Diversity in Archives:
The HistoryMakers Fellowship, Mentoring, Training and Placement Institute

The HistoryMakers is proud to announce the 2nd Increasing African American
Diversity in Archives: The HistoryMakers Fellowship, Mentoring, Training and
Placement Institute, a year -long fellowship (Monday, June 4, 2012 through
Saturday June 1, 2013) working in African American archives. This program is
made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services
(IMLS) in the amount of $800,000. The purpose of this fellowship program is to
provide training for African American archivists and other archivists
interested in working with African American archival collections. The year will
include 3-month immersion training program at The HistoryMakers Chicago
location (Monday, June 4, 2012 - Friday, August 24, 2012) and an on-site
residency (Tuesday, September 4, 2012 - Saturday, June 1, 2013). Applicants
must identify their top 3 choices from the following list of host institutions:

 Amistad Research Center at Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
 Avery Research Center at the College of Charleston, Charleston, SC
 Carter G. Woodson Regional Library, Chicago, IL
 Franklin Library at Fisk University, Nashville, TN
 The HistoryMakers, Chicago, IL
 Maryland State Archives, Annapolis, MD
 Mayme A. Clayton Library and Museum, Culver City, CA

Please see the Fellowship Listing (R:\Foundation Grants\IMLS Grant\IMLS Laura
Bush 21st Century\2011-2012 ('12-'13 Fellows)\Outreach\Flier\HistoryMakers
Fellowship Listing (2013).pdf) for more information.

The HistoryMakers will be accepting applications for the 2012-2013 fellowship
program until Tuesday, February 14, 2012. A complete application packet should
be sent to:

Jessica Levy
2012-2013 Archive Fellowship Program
The HistoryMakers
1900 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616

Webcasts - ALA Office for Diversity

The ALA Office for Diversity is presenting a series of three webinars beginning December 1. The webinars are part of a new series, “Diversity Leadership Online,” which aims to help build Diversity advocates in libraries. Each session is $20 for ALA members and $25 for non-members.

The series includes:

The Diversity Committee: Your Library’s Competitive Advantage. Presented by Valerie Bell, Chief Librarian, Branch Services, Ocean County Library – Thursday December 1, 2011 at 2:00 Eastern Time

How Diversity Matters: Micro-Practices that Keep Libraries Relevant. Presented by Karen Downing, University Learning Communities Liaison and Foundation & Grants Librarian, University of Michigan – Thursday December 8, 2011 at 3:00 Eastern

The Diversity Conversation: Why You Need to Have It and How to Start It. Presented by Miguel Figueroa, Director, Office for Diversity, American Library Association – Thursday December 15, 2011 at 2:00 Eastern

Complete details and session descriptions are available on the series website.

CFP - Library Hi Tech

Library Hi Tech has issued two calls for papers:

Automatic Storage and Retrieval Systems
Green technology in libraries
The submission deadline for the next issue is 15 January 2012. Articles for the following issue should ideally be submitted by the end of March. With enough papers on these topics, LHT will consider doing special issues.

Articles should be between 4000 and 8000 words. References should use the Harvard style. Please submit completed articles via the Scholar One online submission system.

Library Hi Tech is a peer-reviewed, ISI-indexed journal published by Emerald Group Publishing, Ltd.

Best wishes ... Michael Seadle

CFP - ACA Conference

Call for Poster Submissions
2012 ACA Conference
³In Search of Archival Gold²
Thursday, June 7th 2012

High Country Inn
Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada

The ACA 2012 Program Committee is pleased to invite submissions of abstracts
for poster presentations. Topics relating to the 2012 conference theme ³In
Search of Archival Gold² are especially encouraged, though other topics
addressing any aspect of archives and/or records management will be
considered. For more information on conference theme, visit the ACA website

A poster presentation is one in which information is summarized using texts
and images, and presented in a poster format. This is an excellent
opportunity to highlight your repository, a digitization project, a research
project or other initiative, and share your work with your colleagues from
around the country.

The posters will be on display, with trade show exhibits, at the High
Country Inn on Thursday, June 7th 2012, during the afternoon from 3 to 5 pm.
Up to 12 poster presentations will be selected by the Program Committee for
display. ACA reserves the right to cancel the posters in the event that
insufficient submissions are received

A poster should be 48² wide (121 cm), and up to 48² high (121 cm), and can
either be professionally printed or created by hand. ACA provides the
posters display stands (Afix display units,
). Successful applicants will receive additional
detailed information about these display units with poster production
recommendations, including paper type.

Please include the following in your submission:

* Your name, telephone number, postal address and e-mail address; and
* The title and abstract of your poster presentation (max 250 words).

We ask that you limit yourself to only one poster per submission.

The deadline for submissions is: Monday, January 16th, 2012

Questions and submissions should be sent to Catherine Bailey, Chair, ACA
2012 Program Committee, via e-mail:

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

FREE online conference - Power to the Patrons

Free LJ Tech Summit, Dec 8

Power to the Patrons: From Systems to Services: Stay one step ahead of technologies driving the user-centric library. December 8, 2011, 10 AM-6:00 PM

This day-long conference offers a full program featuring keynote speaker Bryan Alexander, senior fellow at the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE), chair of the 2010 Horizon Report and author of The New Digital Storytelling, as well as panel presentations and Q&A with thought leaders from libraries around the country. Throughout the day, the industry’s leading vendors will showcase their latest innovations with presentations and webcasts throughout the show. And don’t forget to visit the Exhibit Hall for product demos and give-aways from our sponsors!

Library Journal set up a code for free registration - TechSmt11MS

From Matt Harp: When it asks for a credit card I just selected Bill Me Later… then on the next screen entered the promo code which changes the price to zero.


The Columbus LOEX Committee invites 1) graduate students in library and information science programs and 2) library fellows and residents to submit proposals to host a poster session at the 40th Annual LOEX Conference, May 3-5, 2012.

The deadline to submit poster session proposals is January 27, 2012. More details, including the proposal submission form, can be found at

If you have any questions, please contact Vanessa Earp at

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Fellowhip - Digital

The Alabama Digital Humanities Center at the University of Alabama
( is pleased to invite
applications for a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in Digital
Humanities. The post-doctoral fellow will hold a joint appointment in the
University Libraries and the History Department in the College of Arts &
Sciences. The fellow will conduct his or her own research and work in
conjunction with the ADHC staff to promote and develop the digital
humanities community on campus.

The committee welcomes all applicants with an active research agenda in
History or a related discipline (such as Classics, Middle Eastern Studies,
American Studies, or Religious Studies). The successful applicant will
have attained a Ph.D. by June 2012 and will bring an historical research
project whose strong digital component could serve as a model for other
faculty at the University of Alabama.

Candidates should consult the full position description posted at and then apply
at Inquiries may be
directed to Prof. David A. Michelson, Search Committee Chair,

Review of applications will begin January 4, 2012 and continue until the
position is filled.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Call for papers: Digital Humanities and Information Visualization

Call for papers: Digital Humanities and Information Visualization:
Innovation and Integration

SIG-AH and SIG-VIS (Arts & Humanities, Visualization-Images-Sound) of
ASIST are joining forces to examine the digital humanities and
information visualization with a group of papers to be published in an
upcoming special issue of the Bulletin of the American Society for
Information Science and Technology. Geotags, participatory content,
automatic classification methods, statistical analyses, visualization
techniques and other technological methods have enhanced the pedagogy
and scholarship within the humanities in recent years. With this in
mind papers are being sought which present an overview of the digital
humanities and information visualization, or which address the current
and potential future intersection of the two topics. Special topics
for your consideration include: the development of digital
technologies and digital humanities tools, data mining applications in
the humanities, visualization techniques, the use and re-use of
historical data sets, and innovative practices and definitions within
the digital humanities and information visualization. We also eagerly
invite topics of your choosing which address any aspect of technology
within humanities.

Papers should be approximately 1000-2000 words in length and submitted
by December 31, 2011 to: Sarah Buchanan and Joan
Beaudoin . We welcome you to contact either
of us in the interim to discuss potential papers and we look forward
to hearing from you.


Educational Opportunity in Allentown & Scranton

Archivists, collections managers, librarians, curators, and other staff members involved in collections care must manage a variety of tasks, including implementation of collections management plans and policies, management of environmental controls and storage conditions, and provision for safe use and exhibition of collections. This program will provide participants with an overview of the preservation standards for the many aspects of collections care.

December 6, 2011 - Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, Lehigh County Historical Society

December 7, 2011 - Albright Memorial Library, Lackawanna County Library System

Registration Fee: $25 Pennsylvania institutions / $75 out-of-state institutions

Registration Deadline: November 30, 2011

Registration, secure credit card payment, and additional program information are available at )

Can't make it to Allentown or Scranton? This program will also be offered in:
Philadelphia January 11, 2012
York January 13, 2012

Questions? Call CCAHA at 215.545.0613, or email us at

Preservation Best Practices for Optimal Collections Care is part of Save Pennsylvania's Past, a statewide effort to preserve the millions of objects and historic artifacts that shape the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's history and define our nation. As part of this two-year project, the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) will present six training programs in Pennsylvania's eight regions to prepare staff to address the challenges threatening Pennsylvania's world-class collections.

Save Pennsylvania's Past is an initiative led by CCAHA in partnership with the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission, Pennsylvania Federation of Museums and Historical Organizations, and LYRASIS. The project is supported by an Institute of Museum and Library Services Connecting to Collections Statewide Implementation Grant and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

The following programs are coming to Allentown & Scranton in early 2012:

This program will cover basic issues in digital preservation, including an introduction to digitization, and will provide information on handling guidelines for digitization, selection of materials, conducting pilot projects, creating access to digitized materials, funding sources, and the benefits of collaborating with other institutions.

Participants will learn about the fundamentals of archival appraisal, acquisition, and access; proper storage materials; and the most common preservation problems associated with paper-based archival collections. This program will touch briefly on processing, arrangement, and description.


The Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) is the country's largest nonprofit conservation facility serving cultural, research and educational institutions, as well as individuals and private organizations. CCAHA's mission is to provide expertise and leadership in the preservation of the world's cultural heritage. CCAHA specializes in the treatment of works of art on paper, such as drawings, prints, maps, posters, historic wallpaper, photographs, rare books, scrapbooks, and manuscripts, along with related materials like parchment and papyrus. CCAHA also offers digital imaging services, on-site consultations, educational programs, fellowships, and emergency conservation services.

For information on additional educational opportunities, visit or find us on Facebook.

Preservation Services Assistant
264 S. 23RD STREET
t 215.545.0613 f 215.735.9313

CFP - Joint Conference on Digital Libraries

JCDL (Joint Conference on Digital Libraries) 2012 Call For Papers
June 10-14, 2012 GWU Washington, DC, USA

Hosted by George Washington University
June 10-14, 2012 Washington, DC, USA

Call for Papers

The ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries is a major international forum focusing on digital libraries and associated technical, practical, organizational, and social issues. JCDL encompasses the many meanings of the term digital libraries, including (but not limited to) new forms of information institutions and organizations; operational information systems with all manner of digital content; new means of selecting, collecting, organizing, distributing, and accessing digital content; theoretical models of information media, including document genres and electronic publishing; and theory and practice of use of managed content in science and education.
Important Dates

* Full Papers due January 23, 2012
* Short Papers, Panels, Posters, Demonstrations, Workshops, Tutorials due January 30, 2012
* Notification of acceptance for Workshops and Tutorials: March 1, 2012
* Notification of acceptance for Papers, Panels, Posters, and Demonstrations: March 21, 2012
* Doctoral Consortium Abstract submissions due March 31, 2012

Conference Focus

The theme for JCDL 2012 is #sharing #linking #using #preserving. Digital libraries, under a variety of names and modalities, are often part of the every day web experience. The challenge is how digital libraries can enhance user experience through providing stability in changing information environment, breaking down information silos, integrating into accepted practices of the web, and providing a range of access and services to resources across the web, both to human and machine users.

The intended community for this conference includes those interested in all aspects of digital libraries such as infrastructure; institutions; metadata; content; services; digital preservation; system design; scientific data management; workflows; implementation; interface design; human-computer interaction; performance evaluation; usability evaluation; collection development; intellectual property; privacy; electronic publishing; document genres; multimedia; social, institutional, and policy issues; user communities; and associated theoretical topics. JCDL welcomes submissions in these areas, and submissions associated with the JCDL 2012 theme of social media influenced themes of linking, sharing, usage, and preservation are particularly welcome. The conference sessions, workshops and tutorials will cover all these aspects.

Participation is sought from all parts of the world and from the full range of established and emerging disciplines and professions including computer science, information science, web science, data science, librarianship, data management, archival science and practice, museum studies and practice, information technology, medicine, social sciences, education and humanities. Representatives from academe, government, industry, and others are invited to participate.

JCDL 2012 will be held in Washington DC on the campus of the George Washington University. The program is organized by an international committee of scholars and leaders in the digital libraries field and attendance is expected to include several hundreds of researchers, practitioners, managers, and students.

JCDL 2012 invites submissions of papers and proposals for posters, demonstrations, tutorials, and workshops that will make the conference an exciting and creative event to attend. As always, the conference welcomes contributions from all the fields that intersect to enable digital libraries. Topics include, but are not limited to:

* Collaborative and participatory information environments
* Cyberinfrastructure architectures, applications, and deployments
* Data mining/extraction of structure from networked information
* Digital library and Web Science curriculum development
* Distributed information systems
* Extracting semantics, entities, and patterns from large collections
* Evaluation of online information environments
* Impact and evaluation of digital libraries and information in education
* Information and knowledge systems
* Information policy and copyright law
* Information visualization
* Interfaces to information for novices and experts
* Linked data and its applications
* Personal digital information management
* Retrieval and browsing
* Scientific data curation, citation and scholarly publication
* Social media, architecture, and applications
* Social networks, virtual organizations and networked information
* Social-technical perspectives of digital information
* Studies of human factors in networked information
* Theoretical models of information interaction and organization
* User behavior and modeling
* Visualization of large-scale information environments
* Web archiving and preservation

Paper Submissions

Paper authors may choose between two formats: Full papers and short papers. Both formats will be included in the proceedings and will be presented at the conference. Both formats will be rigorously peer reviewed. Complete papers are required--abstracts and incomplete papers will not be reviewed.

Full papers report on mature work, or efforts that have reached an important milestone. Short papers will highlight efforts that might be in an early stage, but are important for the community to be made aware of. Short papers can also present theories or systems that can be described concisely in the limited space.

Full papers must not exceed 10 pages. Short papers are limited to at most 4 pages. All papers must be original contributions. The material must therefore not have been previously published or be under review for publication elsewhere. All contributions must be written in English and must follow the ACM formatting guidelines. Papers are to be submitted via the conference's EasyChair submission page:

All accepted papers will be published by ACM as conference proceedings and electronic versions will be included in both the ACM and IEEE digital libraries.
Poster and Demonstration Submissions

Posters permit presentation of late-breaking results in an informal, interactive manner. Poster proposals should consist of a title, extended abstract, and contact information for the authors, and should not exceed 2 pages. Proposals must follow the conference's formatting guidelines and are to be submitted via the conference's EasyChair submission page: Accepted posters will be displayed at the conference and may include additional materials, space permitting. Abstracts of posters will appear in the proceedings.

Demonstrations showcase innovative digital libraries technology and applications, allowing you to share your work directly with your colleagues in a high-visibility setting. Demonstration proposals should consist of a title, extended abstract, and contact information for the authors and should not exceed 2 pages. Proposals must follow the conference's formatting guidelines and are to be submitted via the conference's EasyChair submission page: Abstracts of demonstrations will appear in the proceedings.
Panels and Invited Briefings

Panels will complement the refereed portions of the program with lively discussions of controversial and cutting-edge issues that are not addressed by other program elements. Invited briefings will explain a topic of interest to those building digital libraries - they can be thought of as being mini-tutorials. We are not soliciting formal proposals for panels or invited briefings, but if you have an idea for one that you'd like to hear, please send email directly to the panels/briefings chairs (Noha Adly and Haowei Hsieh ).
Tutorial Submissions

Tutorials provide an opportunity to offer in-depth education on a topic or solution relevant to research or practice in digital libraries. They should address a single topic in detail over either a half-day or a full day. They are not intended to be venues for commercial product training. Experts who are interested in engaging members of the community who may not be familiar with a relevant set of technologies or concepts should plan their tutorials to cover the topic or solution to a level that attendees will have sufficient knowledge to follow and further pursue the material beyond the tutorial. Leaders of tutorial sessions will be expected to take an active role in publicizing and recruiting attendees for their sessions.

Tutorial proposals should include: a tutorial title; an abstract (1-2 paragraphs, to be used in conference programs); a description or topical outline of tutorial (1-2 paragraphs, to be used for evaluation); duration (half- or full-day); expected number of participants; target audience, including level of experience (introductory, intermediate, advanced); learning objectives; a brief biographical sketch of the presenter(s); and contact information for the presenter(s).

Tutorial proposals are to be submitted in electronic form via the conference's EasyChair submission page:
Workshop Submissions

Workshops are intended to draw together communities of interest - both those in established communities and also those interested in discussion and exploration of a new or emerging issue. They can range in format from formal, perhaps centering on presentation of refereed papers, to informal, perhaps centering on an extended round-table discussions among the selected participants.

Submissions should include: a workshop title and short description; a statement of objectives for the workshop; a topical outline for the workshop; identification of the expected audience and expected number of attendees; a description of the planned format and duration (half-day, full-day, or one and a half day); information about how the attendees will be identified, notified of the workshop, and, if necessary, selected from among applicants; as well as contact and biographical information about the organizers. Finally, if a workshop has been held previously, information about the earlier sessions should be provided -- dates, locations, outcomes, attendance, etc.

Workshop proposals are to be submitted in electronic form via The conference's EasyChair submission page:
Doctoral Consortium

The Doctoral Consortium is a workshop for Ph.D. students from all over the world who are in the early phases of their dissertation work (i.e., the consortium is not intended for those who are finished or nearly finished with their dissertation). The goal of the Doctoral Consortium is to help students with their thesis and research plans by providing feedback and general advice on using the research environment in a constructive and international atmosphere.

Students interested in participating in the Doctoral Consortium should submit an extended abstract describing their digital library research. Submissions relating to any aspect of digital library research, development, and evaluation are welcomed, including: technical advances, usage and impact studies, policy analyses, social and institutional implications, theoretical contributions, interaction and design advances, and innovative applications in the sciences, humanities, and education.

Workshop proposals are to be submitted via the conference's EasyChair submission page:
Important notes for all Submissions

All contributions must be submitted in electronic form via the JCDL 2012 submission Web page, following ACM format guidelines and using the ACM template. Please submit all papers in PDF format.

Michael Witt, Purdue University
Interdisciplinary Research Librarian
Assistant Professor of Library Science


Apply by: December 13, 2011 to be considered for all forms of financial aid

For more information, go to


~ Focuses on the development and integration of technical and organizational
policies to support the responsible stewardship of public information (e.g.
agency records, datasets, citizens’ information).
~ Fellows receive a $16,000 annual stipend for two years, a tuition remission,
and health insurance in return for engaging in 15-hour per week internship
~ Fellows earn a dual degree: MSLS/MSIS (Master of Science in Information
Science or Library Science) from the School of Information and Library Science
and an MPA (Master of Public Administration) from the School of Government.

Award - Zora Neale Hurston Award

The deadline for the Zora Neale Hurston Award is December 15th, so there is
still time to make a submission! This award from RUSA/CODES honors ALA members
who have
demonstrated leadership in promoting African American literature through
projects such as a program, display, collection building efforts, a special
readers’ advisory focus, or innovation in service.

The winner will receive $1250.00 in funds to attend the ALA Annual Conference,
tickets to the Literary Tastes breakfast and the FOLUSA Author tea, and a set
of the Zora Neale Hurston books published by Harper Perennial.

To nominate yourself or someone you know, please download the nomination form
located on the award web page at

In addition to the form you need to send the following:

**A nomination letter that describes the project

**Photos, booklists, screen captures, or other forms of illustration of the

**A brief essay—approximately 250 words—explaining how attending the ALA
Annual Conference will help further the nominee’s efforts to support and
promote African American literature.

The deadline for nominations is December 15th.

Please email, fax, or mail the nomination packet to Cynthia Crosser, Chair,
Zora Neale Hurston Award Committee.

Fax: (207) 581-1653.

Fellowships - Appalachian Sound Archives

Berea College Appalachian Sound Archives Fellowships 2011-2012

The Fellowship program's purpose is to encourage scholarly use of Berea's
non-commercial audio collections that document Appalachian history and
culture, especially the areas of traditional music, religious expression,
spoken lore, and radio programs. Awards in support of such research range
from one to two months, with stipends of $3,000 per month.
The fellowships must be taken up between July 2011 and June 2012. All
Fellowship supported work must be finished by June 30, 2012. Fellows are
expected to be in residence during the term of the fellowship and are
encouraged to participate in campus and community activities.
Proposals are continuing to be accepted until December 15, 2011 for
projects that will be completed by June 30, 2012.

Berea's recordings collections are especially strong in the areas of
traditional music, religious expression, spoken lore and radio programs.
They include extensive documentation of fiddle and banjo tunes; ballads
and songs; Old Regular Baptist singing and preaching; folktales and
legends; and related interviews with musicians, preachers, and
storytellers, 1950 to the present. Radio material heard in the region for
the years 1936 to the mid 1950s, documents a wide range of Kentucky,
national, and world political figures and events. Entertainment programs
include country music, soap operas, musical variety shows and sporting

There is no application form. Applicants are asked to submit a proposal
that includes:

1. Identifying and contact information, applicant's background and
interest in the particular subject area.
2. A summary of the proposed project.
3. Detailed description of the anticipated use of Berea collections.
Please discuss specific collection material and their relevance to the
4. Anticipated research outcomes (e.g., teaching, print publication,
web-based resources).
5. The length of time needed for the project (one month minimum, two
months maximum), and preferred dates of residence. The duration of award
is requested by the candidate, but the final decision is made by the
Fellowship Committee.
6. Three letters of recommendation from colleagues familiar with the
applicant's work and who are qualified to judge the proposal. For
graduate degree candidates, the recommendations must include those of the
professor directing the applicant's research and the department chair.
Applicants are responsible for contacting all persons providing

For information about Berea's Sound Archives and other traditional music
collections, see

For additional information about Berea's Appalachian Sound Archives
Fellowships, see

Proposals or inquires should be sent to

Harry Rice
Special Collections & Archives
Berea College, Berea, KY 40404

U.S. DOT Paid Summer Internship Opportunities

U.S. DOT 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 4 - August 10, 2012. 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 December 31, 2011. 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. Responsibilities may be modified 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.


Responsibilities: For both libraries: Arrange textual, cartographic, and/or photographic materials; create inventories and finding aids; apply subject headings; implement preservation measures; select materials for digitization and display.
For FHWA only: Conduct background research on FHWA laboratories and past executives.
For NTL only: Assist in furthering NTL’s social media efforts to promote library resources and services.

Desired Qualifications: Coursework towards a specialization in archives; familiarity and/or experience with archival practices, EAD, and DACS; knowledge of LCSH and MARC; strong communication, organizational, and analytical skills; willingness to adapt to changing situations, take on new tasks, and meet established deadlines with products that reflect professionalism.
For FHWA only: Experience conducting historical research.
For NTL only: Familiarity and/or experience with social computing, social networks, photography or videography.


Responsibilities: For both libraries: 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. For NTL only: Contribute to traditional and digital repository cataloging systems, database integration, and taxonomy development; assist in furthering NTL’s social media efforts to promote library resources and services.

Desired Qualifications: Cataloging coursework and/or experience; familiarity and/or experience with AACR2, MARC; knowledge of LCSH; knowledge of LC Classification System; excellent communication, organizational, and analytical skills; ability to meet established deadlines with products that reflect professionalism.
For NTL only: Knowledge of and/or familiarity with non-MARC metadata (e.g., Dublin Core); familiarity and/or experience with social computing, social networks, photography or videography.

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

Federal Highway Administration Research Library:

National Transportation Library: