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).

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