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:

Scholarship - Code4Lib

Oregon State University and the Digital Library Federation are
sponsoring five scholarships to promote gender and cultural diversity.
Each scholarship will provide up to $1,000 to cover travel costs and
conference fees for one qualified attendee to attend the 2012 Code4Lib
Conference, which will be held in Seattle, Washington, from
Monday,February 6 through Thursday, February 9.

The Code4Lib scholarship committee will award two scholarships per
category, awarding the remaining scholarship to the best remaining
candidate in either category. The Code4Lib scholarship committee will
award these scholarships based on merit and need.

Applicants, if eligible, may apply for both scholarships, but no
applicant will receive more than one scholarship. Past winners of
either scholarship are not eligible for either scholarship.
Scholarship recipients will be required to write a short trip report
to be submitted to the scholarships committee by February 17, 2012.

For more information on the Code4Lib Conference, please see the
conference website:

and write-ups of previous Code4Lib Conferences:

The Gender Diversity Scholarships will provide up to $1,000 to cover
travel costs and conference fees for two qualified applicants to
attend the 2012 Code4Lib Conference. Any woman or transgendered person
who is interested in actively contributing to the mission and goals of
the Code4Lib Conference is encouraged to apply.

The Minority Scholarships will provide up to $1,000 to cover travel
costs and conference fees for two qualified applicants to attend the
2012 Code4Lib Conference. To qualify for this scholarship, an
applicant must be interested in actively contributing to the mission
and goals of the Code4Lib Conference and must be of Hispanic or
Latino, Black orAfrican-American, Asian, Native Hawaiian or Pacific
Islander, or American Indian or Alaskan Native descent.

To apply, please send an email to Jeremy Frumkin
( with the following:
- Indication of which scholarship (Gender or Minority or both) to
which you are applying
- A brief letter of interest, which:
1. Describes your interest in the conference and how you intend to
2. Discusses your statement of need
3. Indicates your eligibility
- A résumé or CV- Contact information for two professional or academic

The application deadline is Dec. 9, 2012.

The scholarship committee will notify successful candidates the week
of Dec. 19, 2012.

CFP - Handheld Librarian VI

Handheld Librarian VI: Mobile Solutions for Libraries That Work

LearningTimes invites librarians, library staff, vendors, graduate students, and developers to
submit program proposals related to the topic of mobile library services for the online Handheld
Librarian VI: Mobile Solutions for Libraries That Work conference to be held February 1-2,
2012. Proposals are due December 5, 2011.

Go to to submit a proposal

The Handheld Librarian VI conference will feature interactive, live online sessions. We are
interested in a broad range of submissions that highlight current, evolving and future issues in
mobile library services. These include but are not limited to the following program tracks:

* ebooks * location-based social networking * augmented reality *
twitter * apps * device and OS trends * QR codes * reference * mobile
trend spotting * mobile technologies impacting society * web/app development
best practices

Online presentations may be conducted in one of two formats:

* a 45-minute live online session (i.e. synchronous webcast)
* a 15 minute lightning round presentation

Conference registration fees are waived for speakers. Presenters Are Expected To:

1. Conduct your session using Adobe Connect (computer, Internet, mic required)
2. Provide a digital photo of yourself for the conference website
3. Respond to questions
from attendees
4. Attend an online 30-60 minute training on Adobe Connect prior to the

Proposal Submissions: Submit your proposal by completing the web form at http:// .

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Fellowship - Preservation

The University of Michigan Library and the Department of Preservation and Conservation are pleased to announce the Cathleen A. Baker Fellowship in Conservation.

The Baker Fellowship provides financial support for conservators at various levels in their careers to enable them to spend time in the University of Michigan Library's Conservation Lab to increase their knowledge about the conservation of paper-based collections. Projects that center on the conservation of related non-paper materials, such as papyrus or parchment/vellum, will also be considered. While most fellows will work with U-M Library conservators to increase their own knowledge and skills, a fellow may also join the lab primarily to pass on her/his expertise to the U-M conservators. Building and sharing knowledge are the primary goals of this fellowship.

The Cathleen A. Baker Fellowship in Conservation was established in April 2011 by a gift from Dr. Baker, Senior Conservator of Paper and Books at the University of Michigan Library, and Fellow of the AmericanInstitute for Conservation. The 2012–2013 round of applications is the first to be offered, and future announcements calling for applications will occur annually in the autumn.

For more information about the Fellowship and how to apply, please go to the web site:

Deadline for applications is January 31, 2012, for projects to be completed between September 1, 2012, and August 31, 2013.

FREE webinar - Seeking Synchronicity

Seeking Synchronicity #orss

Attend this webinar to learn about our research findings that will inform future development and inspire effectiveness for virtual reference services.

In this webinar, Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist at OCLC, and Marie L. Radford, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Communication & Information, Rutgers, will discuss the key findings of their multi-year study that were recently published in the report, Seeking Synchronicity: Revelations and Recommendations for Virtual Reference.

These findings indicate that today's students, scholars and citizens are not just looking to libraries for answers to specific questions—they want partners and guides in a lifelong information-seeking journey. By transforming virtual reference (VR) services into relationship-building opportunities, libraries can leverage the positive feelings people have for libraries in a crowded online space where the biggest players often don't have the unique experience and specific strengths that librarians offer.

Specific details that Connaway and Radford will discuss in the webinar include:

The exaggerated death of ready reference
The importance of query clarification in VR
Ways to boost accuracy and build better interpersonal relationships in VR
What can be learned from VR transcripts
How convenience is the "hook" that draws users into VR services
Generational differences in how people perceive reference interactions and determine success
The need for more and better marketing
This webinar is free and open to all but advanced registration is required.

Register here* to attend this webinar on 15 November 2011 at 2 p.m. EST (UTC 19:00).

A recording of this webinar will be made publicly available on our website and in iTunes in November.

*After you register to attend online, you will receive an e-mail message that contains instructions for logging on to WebEx, where you will view the meeting slides online through your Web browser (please note that WebEx recommends using Internet Explorer or Firefox, as Chrome and Safari are not supported). When you log in to the webinar, you may chose to either listen to the presentation audio through your computer speakers or headset, or dial in to listen by telephone.

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