Thursday, October 31, 2013

Emerald Research Grant Award

Are you a librarian in need of funding for a business research project?
The Emerald Research Grant Award, sponsored by Emerald Group Publishing Limited offers one award of $2,500 and a citation to an individual or team seeking support to conduct research in business librarianship. The awards will be presented at the RUSA Awards Ceremony at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas. Recipients will be required to attend the RUSA Awards Ceremony.
Candidates must submit a detailed proposal outlining their proposed research project; methodology, scope and timetable; how this project fits into the existing literature; and projected outcomes, including a statement outlining how this research will benefit the library profession. Proposals will be reviewed for thoroughness; potential to positively impact the library profession; and potential to provide a useful addition to the existing library literature. Proposals will be accepted from both individual researchers and those working collaboratively. At least one member of a collaborative team must be a member of ALA.
The deadline for proposals is December 15, 2013.
Proposals can be sent to

CFP - Back in Circulation Again

Back in Circulation Again
October 6-7, 2014
School of Library and Information Studies, Continuing Education Services
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI


Do you have an innovative approach to circulation services you'd like to share? The University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Library and Information Studies will be hosting their popular Back in Circulation Again conference next October and will be accepting proposals until January 10, 2014. Topics may include, but are not limited to: e-reserves, stacks management, staff management, staff training, staff motivation, keeping up with technology, customer service, and innovation. See last year's schedule ( for inspiration. Circulation managers and staff from public and academic libraries all over the United States attend!

Please submit a 200-250 word description of your proposed session to Anna Palmer,, by January 10, 2014.

All selected speakers will receive a complimentary conference registration.

CFP - Going All In: Library Instruction for Students in Online Education Programs

Call for proposals:

2014 LIRT Conference Program

Going All In: Library Instruction for Students in Online Education Programs

The 2014 LIRT conference program planning committee is issuing an open call for proposals for presentations that focus on strategies that libraries of all types have used to provide instruction to students in wholly online courses or programs. Presentations should be approximately 20 minutes in length.

An increasing amount of coursework, both at the secondary and postsecondary level, is being conducted online. This shift in the delivery method of education which began at the college level is now occurring throughout the K-16 continuum. Because many of the students in these classes and programs will never set foot into the host institution, this transformation has necessitated a great deal of change in all aspects of library services, including information literacy instruction.

The 2014 LIRT conference program will spotlight innovative ways that libraries are conducting and delivering instruction to this new cohort. Please submit a title and brief description of your proposed presentation to by December 6th 2013.

FREE webinars - BIBFRAME

MARC is dead! How many times have you heard that during your career in libraries?

This time, though, it might really be for real. In 2011, the Library of Congress (LoC) announced that it was transitioning away from the MARC format for bibliographic data.  In November of 2012, Zepheira and LoC published a report, Bibliographic Framework as a Web of Data: Linked Data Model and Supporting Services, often referred to as the BIBFRAME Primer.

You can follow BIBFRAME developments at, but to help you get started, UW-Madison SLIS Continuing Education Services is providing two free Webinars, taught by Kevin Ford of the LoC MARC Standards Office, and BIBFRAME Initiative.

Webinar #1, Introducing the BIBFRAME Model: high-level concepts and objectives, Wednesday November 6th, 2013, 11:00 AM Central time

Webinar #2, Transitioning from MARC to BIBFRAME: the environment and the format, Wednesday January 8th, 2014, 11:00 AM Central time

Space is limited for the live webinars!  To sign up, please go here:

Questions?  please contact Meredith Lowe ( OR Anna Palmer (

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Webinars - Preservation

Preservation of Audiovisual Materials, November 19 and 21, 1:30-3:30 p.m. CST each day:
Preserving the investment of your audiovisual collections presents a unique challenge to libraries, archives and museums. The wide variety of A/V formats – videotapes, audiotapes, motion picture films, filmstrips, LPs, CDs, and DVDs – require special attention to minimize deterioration caused by everything from daily use to storage problems. Register now.

Preservation of Photographic Materials, December 3 and 5, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CST each day:
Preserving the visual record is one of the most important roles of cultural heritage institutions. This workshop deals with the unique challenges of preserving and caring for a photograph collection. Register now.

Preserving Your Historical Records, December 10 and 12, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CST each day:
This class covers the basics of proper care and storage of archives and manuscript collections. Topics include an overview of the causes of deterioration; selection of folders, boxes, and other housing materials; processing of archives; providing storage for oversized materials, maps, and photographs; proper handling and exhibition practices; basic paper repair techniques; and the development of holdings maintenance policies, guidelines, and practices. Register now.


FREE Webinar:

with Sam Brylawski and Chris Lacinak
October 31, 2013
1:30-2:30 PM ET
Register now – Seats are Limited!

Also check out the upcoming
Webinars on Digital Topics:

Monday, October 14, 2013

FREE webinar on Digital Imaging for Historical Records

The California Historical Records Advisory Board is offering a free,
two-part webinar on Digital Imaging for Historical Records on Thursday,
November 21st and Friday, November 22, 2013 from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Pacific time both days. Taught by an experienced instructor, this basic
webinar will provide information about:

*         Key concepts and terms

*         Program planning

*         Document profile attributes

*         Document preparation

*         Standards and best practices

*         Selecting imaging hardware and software

*         Imaging workflow

*         Working with vendors

*         Scanning textual documents, photographs, maps and drawings,
and bound volumes

*         Providing access to digital images

Several case studies will be presented to illustrate varying situations.

To register, send your name, name of organization, email address, and
phone number to:

Note: California organizations will be given priority for registration
through October 21st.

The registration deadline is November 14th. For further information
about the webinar, contact Laren Metzer at

This webinar was developed with funding provided by the National
Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Laren Metzer

Deputy State Archivist

1020 O Street

Sacramento, CA 95814

T: 916-653-3834


Saturday, October 12, 2013

Conference - The Best Practices Exchange

The Best Practices Exchange, a conference focusing on electronic records
preservation and access, will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, November
13-15, 2013. Be sure to register soon! The hotel (see has an October 18th deadline to
lock in the best rate, which is $84/night.

If you are a federal employee and may have difficulty meeting some of these
deadlines, let us know and we will see what we can work out.

We ask that you register for the conference itself by November 1st so we
can plan most effectively. To register for the conference, go to We have also mirrored conference data on our
local website (, due to
periodic technical difficulties with the main site. Registration costs $175
for the full conference. If you would like to attend only Friday's
filmmakers seminar, the cost is $75, unless you are a student, in which
case the cost is just $25.

We have a full slate of activities planned (see the schedule at Bob
Bennett, former U.S. Senator from Utah, will open our conference. Our
keynote speaker, Milt Shefter, from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Sciences, will be sharing his thoughts during our Thursday luncheon, and
also will be conducting a seminar for students and independent filmmakers
Friday afternoon. Last month, Milt was awarded the Society of Motion
Picture and Television Engineers' Archival Technology Medal for his work
developing technology and techniques for the long-term storage and
preservation of media content. He is also the co-author of "The Digital
Dilemma: Strategic Issues in Archiving and Accessing Digital Motion Picture
Materials." Following Milt's keynote address, the Sundance Institute will
screen one of its films, "These Amazing Shadows." Our other session
speakers are coming from all over the country to share their ideas about a
variety of topics related to electronic recordkeeping.

Another main attraction is the focus on digitization, especially as it
relates to genealogical research and family histories. The Family History
Library and both will be presenting sessions and offering
tours of their facilities during the conference. Archive-It, one of the
conference's sponsors, will be doing a pre-conference workshop on Tuesday
(Nov. 12) with its group. Thanks to everyone for participating, it should
be a great conference.


FREE Webinar:

with Sam Brylawski and Chris Lacinak
October 31, 2013
1:30-2:30 PM ET
Register now - Seats are Limited!

Also check out the upcoming
Webinars on Digital Topics:

Preserving Cultural Heritage Collections Since 1973

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Podcasts - More Podcast, Less Process

METRO<> and AVPreserve<> announce the launch of More Podcast, Less Process
20Less%20Process>  (, a new podcast series featuring in-depth and wide ranging interviews with archivists, librarians, preservationists, technologists, and information professionals about interesting work and projects within and involving archives, special collections, and cultural heritage.

With Co-Hosts Jefferson Bailey of METRO and Josh Ranger of AVPreserve, guests will discuss their individual work and its relation to the broader archival enterprise. Topics will cover professional issues that impact archivists and special collections librarians today, including appraisal and acquisition, arrangement and description, outreach and education, collection management, physical and digital preservation, and infrastructure and technology.

Kicking off the series is CSI Special Collections: Digital Forensics and Archives featuring digital archivists Mark Matienzo of Yale University and Donald Mennerich of New York Public Library discussing digital forensics and other matters involved with acquiring and managing digital collections.  Episode 1 is now available through iTunes, Internet Archive, and as a direct download via the podcast series's website<>.

More Podcast, Less Process is part of METRO's Keeping Collections<> programming. Keeping Collections was launched to ensure the sustainability and accessibility of New York State's archival collections as part of the New York State Archives Documentary Heritage Program. Keeping Collections provides a variety of free and affordable services to any not-for-profit organization in the metropolitan New York area that collects, maintains, and provides access to archival materials.

More Podcast, Less Process is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License<> and is available via your regular media dissemination channels.

Thursday, October 3, 2013



Application Deadline: December 6, 2013

The Association for Recorded Sound Collections is now accepting
applications for ARSC Conference Travel Grants to be awarded in 2014.

The grants are designed to:
-- encourage ARSC members to attend their first ARSC conference
-- reach out to college students and professionals in the early
stages of their careers
-- promote mentoring and professional development opportunities
-- advance scholarly research and publication, and
-- support ARSC members who desire to participate more actively in
the association.

Grant recipients are awarded:
-- complimentary registration for the entire ARSC Annual Conference
-- gratis registration for the Pre-Conference Workshop, and
-- reimbursement up to US$750 to defray the expenses of
transportation and lodging (upon approval of valid receipts, to be
submitted after the conference). Rental car costs for transportation
within the conference city are not reimbursable.

At the time of application, the applicant must be a member of ARSC in
good standing, planning to attend his or her first ARSC conference.
The applicant must also be one of the following:
-- a college or university student aspiring to work with sound
-- a recent graduate seeking a professional position involving sound
-- a professional within the first five years of his or her career,
who has demonstrated a dedication to sound recordings
-- a researcher or discographer showing compelling prospects for the
publication or dissemination of his or her scholarly work.

Applicants who demonstrate an interest in serving on an ARSC
committee, publishing their work in the ARSC Journal, or presenting
at an ARSC conference will be given particular consideration.
Preference will be given to applicants who plan to attend the entire
conference, beginning with the pre-conference workshop.

Each applicant must submit:
-- a letter of application describing the applicant's background and
current activities, clearly indicating why the applicant merits
consideration for an ARSC Conference Travel Grant
-- a proposed budget for travel costs
-- itemization of any non-ARSC funds that the applicant may receive
toward ARSC conference attendance, such as institutional support, etc.
-- a brief resume or curriculum vitae, and
-- two letters of support, each submitted directly by the writer.

Applications lacking any of the above items will be deemed
incomplete, and may not be viewed favorably by the Travel Grants

All applications and supporting materials must be received by
December 6, 2013. Send them by e-mail or postal mail to:

Louise Spear, ARSC Conference Travel Grants Committee
AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts
6305 Yucca Street
Los Angeles, CA 90028

For more information, visit:
or e-mail:

Applicants will be notified about the award decisions by January 21,

Banks-Harris Preservation Award

Please nominate an outstanding colleague for the Banks-Harris Preservation Award. The award, given in memory of Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris, recognizes the contributions of a professional who has been active in the field of preservation and/or conservation for library and archival materials. The winner will be selected based on the nominee’s record of:
Leadership in professional associations at local, state, regional or national level
Contributions to the development, application or utilization of new or improved methods, techniques and routines
Studies or research in preservation
Significant contribution to professional literature
Training and mentoring in the field of preservation
To submit a nomination, please send the following to the jury chair by December 1, 2013:
Name of nominee;
A formal statement of nomination, with a brief rationale for the nomination;
A resume or narrative career outline upon which the award jury can base its determinations.

Andrew Hart, Jury Chair

Andrew Hart
Head, Preservation Department
CB#3910, Davis Library
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 
Tel. 919-962-8047 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

CFP - International Journal on Digital Libraries.

This is a CfP for contributions to be published in a special issue on Semantic Digital Archives in the International Journal on Digital Libraries.

Archival Information Systems (AIS) are becoming increasingly important. For decades, the amount of content created digitally is growing and its complete life cycle nowadays tends to remain digital. A selection of this content is expected to be of value for the future and can thus be considered being part of our cultural heritage. As soon as these digital publications become obsolete, but are still deemed to be of value in the future, they have to be transferred smoothly into appropriate AIS where they need to be kept accessible even through changing technologies.
This focused issue arises from issues covered by the SDA workshop series ( and invites submissions from all researchers. The workshop series has shown that both the library and the archiving community have made valuable contributions to the management of huge amounts of knowledge and data. However, both are approaching this topic from different views which shall be brought together to cross-fertilize each other. The Semantic Web is another research area that provides promising technical solutions for knowledge representation and management. At the forefront of making the semantic web a mature and applicable reality is the linked data initiative, which already has started to be adopted by the library community. Semantic representations of contextual knowledge about cultural heritage objects will enhance organization and access of data and knowledge. In order to achieve a comprehensive investigation, the information seeking and document triage behaviors of users (an area also classified under the field of Human Computer Interaction) are also important to provide a comprehensive investigation of the research topic.
This special issue will solicit high quality papers that demonstrate exceptional achievements on Semantic Digital Archives, including but not limited to:
  • Archival Information systems (AIS) and Archival Information Infrastructures (AII) in general
  • Architectures and Frameworks for AIS and AII
  • Contextualization of digital archives, museums and digital libraries
  • Ontologies & linked data for AIS, AII, museums and digital libraries
  • Logical theories for digital archives & digital preservation
  • Knowledge evolution
  • Semantic temporal analytics
  • (Semantic) provenance models
  • CIDOC CRM and extensions
  • Semantic long-term storage & hardware organization for AIS & AII & digital libraries
  • Semantic extensions of emulation/virtualization methodologies tailored for AIS & AII & digital libraries
  • Implementations & evaluations of (semantic) AIS, AII, semantic digital museums & semantic digital libraries
  • Preservation of scientific and research data
  • Preservation of work flow processes
  • Appraisal and selection of content
  • Semantic search & information retrieval in digital archives, digital museums and digital libraries
  • User studies focusing on end-user needs and information seeking behavior of end-users
  • User interfaces for (semantic) AIS, AII, digital museums & semantic digital libraries
  • formalizations for changes in (designated) user communities
  • Semantic multimedia AIS, AII, multimedia museums & multimedia libraries
  • Web Archives
  • Specialized AIS & AII for specific services like Twitter, etc.
  • (Semantic) Preservation Processes and Protocols
  • Semantic (Web) services implementing AIS & AII
  • Information integration/semantic ingest (e.g. from digital libraries)
  • Trust for ingest & data security/integrity check for long-term storage of archival records
  • Migration strategies based on Semantic Web technologies
  • Legal issues
Submission Details
Important Dates
Paper Submission deadline: November 30, 2013
First notification: February 28, 2014
Revision submission: April 30, 2014
Second notification: June 30, 2014
Final version submission: August 1, 2014
Guest Editors
  • Thomas Risse, University of Hannover & L3S Research Center, Germany (contact person)
  • Livia Predoiu, University of Oxford, UK
  • Annett Mitschick, University of Dresden, Germany
  • Andreas N├╝rnberger, University of Magdeburg, Germany
  • Seamus Ross, University of Toronto, Canada
Paper Submission
Papers submitted to this special issue for possible publication must be original and must not be under consideration for publication in any other journal or conference. Previously published or accepted conference papers must contain at least 30% new material to be considered for the special issue. All papers are to be submitted by referring to At the beginning of the submission, under “Article Type”, please select the appropriate special issue. All manuscripts must be prepared according to the journal publication guidelines which can also be found on the website provided above. Papers will be reviewed following the journal standard review process.
Please address inquiries to

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

CFP - Library Instruction West 2014: Open, Sustainable Instruction

Call for Proposals

Library Instruction West 2014: Open, Sustainable Instruction

The Library Instruction West 2014 Program Committee invites you to submit a proposal for a presentation at our conference, to be held on the campus of Portland State University (PSU) in Portland, Oregon from July 23-25, 2014.

Library Instruction West is the new name for the popular LOEX of the West conference. The new name reflects the mission of the conference and reflects our regional spirit; it also distinguishes this conference from the national LOEX organization and conference (with which we were never affiliated).

The Library Instruction West 2014 theme is “Open, Sustainable Instruction.” We are excited to highlight Portland’s reputation for green living and PSU’s emphasis on sustainability as a core value and research focus. At the same time, we have much to learn from each other about creating effective, long-lasting library instruction programs that are truly sustainable. Ideas for possible sessions include:

  •     Scalability: How can a program grow when resources don’t?
  •     Lo-fi: Sharing ideas about engaging students without fancy gadgets
  •     Care & feeding of your inner teacher: Pedagogical approaches that keep us excited
  •     Collaboration: Partnerships that grow beyond individual relationships and individual campuses
  •     Online presence: Balancing potential with planning
  •     Renewable resource: Diversity in the library ecosystem
  •     Sustaining and renewing programs in changing academic environments
Please visit the conference website for more information:

Session Formats
Our session formats are simple and, we hope, allow for creativity. There are two options for session length, 15 minutes and 45 minutes. The 15 minute sessions will be like a longer lightning talk, with roughly 10 minutes of presenting and 5 minutes for questions. Bring your energy! The format is flexible for the 45 minute sessions, and you are welcome to experiment with format or go with something more traditional like a panel, workshop, or presentation. All proposals will be blind reviewed.

Proposal Submissions
The deadline for submitting your session proposal is 5:00 pm PST, Friday, November 15, 2013.

For your proposal, please submit two session descriptions:

1. A short abstract of 150 words or less. If your proposal is accepted, we will use this abstract for the conference program. The review committee will not see these abstracts, so they can include identifying information.

2. A longer session description of 500 words or less. The Program Committee will review this description for selection purposes. This description must not include any identifying information about the institution or presenters to ensure a blind review.

The submission form is available here:

Session proposals will be scored on these criteria:
  •     Clarity of goals or objectives for session
  •     Originality, creativity, or innovation in content and/or presentation
  •     Timeliness/relevance of content
  •     Connection to conference theme, “Open, Sustainable Instruction”

November 15, 2013: Deadline for proposal submission
January 20, 2014: Acceptance notifications sent via email
February 21, 2014: Session confirmations due
July 23 - 25, 2014: Library Instruction West in Portland, Oregon

We are pleased to continue a successful relationship with Reference Services Review. Presenters are encouraged to submit a paper based on their presentation for inclusion in a special issue of RSR. Selected papers will be published, subject to double blind peer review, in 2015. Information about the journal is available on their website:

Contact information for questions:
Questions about submitting a proposal?

Sara Thompson, Chair, Program Committee
Oregon State University - Cascades

General questions about the conference?
Joan Petit, Conference Chair
Portland State University


The 2014 NASIG Program Planning Committee invites proposals
for conference sessions. Publishers, vendors, librarians,
and others in the fields of electronic resources, serials,
and scholarly communication are encouraged to submit
proposals relating to scholarly communication, publishing,
resource acquisition, management, and discovery. Proposals
based on emerging trends, case studies, and descriptive and
experimental findings are encouraged.

In particular, the Program Planning Committee welcomes
programs focusing on the Core Competencies for Electronic
Resources, , approved by NASIG in July
2013. Program topics from the core competencies include:

* Electronic resource life cycle and management
* Collection development and analysis
* Standards and systems of cataloging and classification,
metadata, and indexing
* Technology and providing for discovery and access to
electronic resources
* Licensing and legal frameworks for electronic resources
* Electronic resources standards, initiatives, best
practices, and workflows
* Scholarly communication initiatives

This call for proposals will close on November 15, 2013.
Inquiries may be sent to the chairs, Kelli Getz and Anna
Creech, at:

Please note the following:

* All sessions will be allotted 60 minutes for the
presentation and questions.
* The Program Planning Committee welcomes proposals that are
still in the formative stages, and may work with potential
presenters to focus their proposals further.
* Proposals should name any particular products or services
that are integral to the content of the presentation.
However, as a matter of NASIG policy, programs should not be
used as a venue to promote or attack any product, service,
or institution.
* Time management issues generally limit each session to two
to three speakers for conference sessions. Panels of four or
more speakers must be discussed in advance with the Program
Planning Committee (
* Please refer to the NASIG reimbursement policy for
reimbursement of speaker expenses,
* All session speakers must complete a Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU) prior to speaking at the conference,

FREE lecture - Performing Arts Scholarship in the Digital Age:

Performing Arts Scholarship in the Digital Age: 
A Conversation with James Wilson and Polly Thistlethwaite
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
111 Amsterdam Avenue
Bruno Walter Auditorium
October 18, 2013
Doors open at 6:45, event from 7:00-8:00 PM. No reservations required, first come first served. Event follows TLA Annual Business Meeting and recognition of Distinguished Service, which takes place from 5:30-6:30 PM.
Join us on October 18, 2013 for a discussion on digital access and performing arts research, from the alternate perspectives of a researcher and a librarian; focusing on the ways in which performing arts scholarship changes when previously hidden or unknown collections become digitally accessible. Dr. Wilson will discuss his experience researching and writingBulldaggers, Pansies, and Chocolate Babies: Performance, Race, and Sexuality in the Harlem Renaissance. Professor Thistlethwaite will discuss the digital turn as it impacts humanities research and scholarship through her experiences as Chief Librarian at the CUNY Graduate Center and through her own research.Together they will provide a sense of the shifting landscape of twenty-first century research and share complementary perspectives on navigating this new ground.
James Wilson is Professor of English and Theatre at LaGuardia Community College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and he is currently the Executive Director of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS). Areas of research include queer theatre and performance, African American theatre, and pedagogy. His articles and reviews have appeared in Urban Education, Teaching English in the Two-Year College, Ecumenica, Theatre History Studies, and several essay anthologies. He is co-editor of The Journal of American Drama and Theatre, which is published by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center (CUNY Graduate Center), and he serves on the nominating committee for the Drama Desk Awards. His book, Bulldaggers, Pansies, and Chocolate Babies: Race, Performance, and Sexuality in the Harlem Renaissance, was published by University of Michigan Press in 2010, and a paperback version was released in 2011.
Polly Thistlethwaite is Chief Librarian at the CUNY Graduate Center, joining the Graduate Center’s library faculty in 2002 as the Associate Librarian for Public Services. Before that, she served in libraries at Colorado State University, Hunter College, New York University, and Yal University; she has also held positions with the CUNY Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, the Lesbian Herstory Archives, the Alternative Press index, and several local and national library organizations.
For additional information please email

FREE workshop - A Conservator's Perspective on Purchasing Works on Paper

Thursday, October 24, 2013 12:00 - 1:30PM
Cost: FREE!

Works on paper are often matted and framed, obscuring the edges and making the object itself somewhat inaccessible. This means it is even more important for the buyer to thoroughly investigate an object they are considering for purchase. What are your rights as a buyer when trying to gather more information? What are your options for assessing an object when you are purchasing from a remote seller? How might the information you gather affect your decision to purchase a print or drawing? What types of damage can you reasonably expect a conservator to be able to fix? This talk will answer the above questions with case studies and treatment examples along with advice on how to protect your collection. An open Q&A will follow.