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E-Strategies for Technological Diffusion and Adoption

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Call for Chapters
E-Strategies for Technological Diffusion and Adoption: National ICT Approaches for Socioeconomic Development (Advances in Global Information Management Book Series)

Proposals Submission Deadline: 30 May 2008
Full Chapters Due: 31 July 2008
A book edited by
Sherif Kamel, PhD, The American University in Cairo, Egypt

Introduction
Information and communication technology (ICT) innovations are increasingly having important implications on business and socioeconomic development due to their role in introducing and diffusing the concepts of knowledge sharing, community development and equality. The implications can be felt at the individual, organizational and societal levels. While the basic needs of humankind have long been food, clothing and shelter, the time has come to add information to this list. The implications on developing nations could be remarkably effective if these technology innovations are properly introduced and managed. However, if the implementation process is not well supported and controlled, the result could be an increasing digital divide between the developed and developing worlds (such divide also exists within nations, especially among developing nations). It is important to avoid the fact that ICT could be marginalized in the development process. There is an urgent need to show that ICT generates the wealth of the enterprise, which in turn pays for socioeconomic development at large. It is ICT that is delivering the productivity gains that enable lives of material comfort for many around
the world that would have been unthinkable only two centuries ago.

ICT should be looked at as a platform for development within a macro perspective that addresses different individual, organizational and developmental needs. Therefore, over the past two decades, numerous studies have underlined the importance of coordination for the formulation of national ICT strategies. The need for resources mobilization, proper environment, legislations and regulations, amongst other elements is important for building and sustaining an outcome-driven ICT infrastructure. For societies to develop, grow, and benefit from the ICT evolution, nationwide introduction, adoption, diffusion and adaptation of technology should take place, something that is hardly seen in developing nations where most of the technology implementations and infrastructure are focused in the capital and the major cities. All these elements demonstrate the importance of developing national ICT strategies.

There are a number of challenges that face the development plans of the developing world when it comes to ICT, including electronic readiness, policies and regulations, infrastructure development and deployment, legal framework, universal access, illiteracy, language, culture readiness, appropriate business models for public-private partnership, transparency and governance, intellectual property rights, privacy, and security amongst others. It is important to address the issues faced by developing nations in striving to develop and grow while capitalizing on the opportunities enabled by emerging ICT. This book addresses the issue of the development of national ICT strategies as one of the recommendations of the "Plan of Action" of the World Summit on the Information Society. The book addresses the importance of such strategies in setting the national agendas to complement the efforts and resources allocated, enabling the optimization of benefits and the returns on the local communities in specific and on the society at large. The book includes a number of model strategies, implications and case studies from the developing world to work as models for future implementations in similar environments as well as to share the accumulated knowledge in terms of lessons learnt.

The E-Strategies for Technological Diffusion and Adoption: National ICT Approaches for Socioeconomic Development is part of the Advances in Global Information Management Book Series. The book will be beneficial as it will provide comprehensive coverage and definitions of the most important issues, concepts, trends and technologies and cases related with the introduction, adoption, diffusion and adaptation of national electronic strategies for ICT for socioeconomic development. This vital new publication will be distributed worldwide among academic and professional institutions and will be instrumental in providing researchers, scholars, students and professionals access to the latest knowledge related to the adoption and usage of ICTs and other related issues to ICT strategy formulation, development and implementation.

Coverage
To ensure that this publication has the most comprehensive current and relevant coverage of all topics related to National E-Strategies for Socioeconomic Development, we are inviting researchers, leading experts in their particular areas of research, to contribute chapters of 5,000 - 7,500 words that offer an in-depth discussion of the key issues, concepts and trends related to the field of ICT and Strategy Formulation and Implementation.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
-E-Strategies in developing nations
-Implications of national ICT strategies on developing nations
-National E-Strategies - cases from the developing world
-Policies and strategies for accelerating socioeconomic development using ICT
-Formulation and implementation of ICT strategies for socioeconomic development
-Leveraging societal competitiveness through using ICT for development
-Application and impact of national ICT on socioeconomic development
-Developing strategies for export-oriented IT-enabled services industries
-Developing ICT strategies for research and innovation
-ICT strategies for development - education
-ICT strategies for development - government
-ICT strategies for development - health
-ICT strategies for development - eContent

Invited Submissions
Individuals interested in submitting chapters on the above-suggested topics - or other related topics in their area of interest - should submit via email a 2-3 page manuscript proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of the proposed chapter by 30 May 2008. We strongly encourage other topics that have not been listed in our suggested list, particularly if the topic is related to the research area in which you have expertise. Guidelines for preparing your chapter and terms and definitions will be sent to you upon acceptance of your proposal.

Important Dates
Due date for receiving chapter proposals: 30 May 2008
Notification of Accepted Chapters: 10 June 2008
Full chapters due date: 31 July 2008

Please forward your email of interest including your name and affiliation to skamel@aucegypt.edu no later than 30 May 2008. This book is tentatively scheduled for publishing in 2009 by IGI Global, www.igi-pub.com (formerly Idea Group Inc.) publisher of the IGI Publishing (formerly Idea Group Publishing), Information Science Publishing, IRM Press, CyberTech Publishing and Information Science Reference (formerly Idea Group Reference) imprints.

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) to: skamel@aucegypt.edu

Sherif Kamel, PhD
Associate Professor of MIS
Department of Management
School of Business, Economics and Communication
The American University in Cairo
113 Kasr El-Eini Street, P.O. Box 2511, 11511 Cairo, Egypt
Tel + 202.2797.6721 - Fax +202.2792.3847
skamel@aucegypt.edu
www.sherifkamel.org

Call for Papers:
The Power of Marginal Spaces in the Works of Carmen Martín Gaite

Deadline: September 15, 2008

Location/Date:
40th Anniversary Convention,
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
Feb. 26-March 1, 2009
Hyatt Regency - Boston, Massachusetts

Description:
Seeking papers for a roundtable on the theme of marginal spaces in the
works of Carmen Martín Gaite. How does marginality empower or
debilitate? How does it figure in Martín Gaite’s ideas about history and
feminism, aesthetics and politics? How does it link her to a feminist
canon from which she has been mostly excluded? How can Martín Gaite’s
works be repositioned within the Women’s Studies canon, graduate and
undergraduate? Range of critical/theoretical approaches welcome. Send
abstracts (500 word limit) for 15 minute papers to
Elizabeth.Huergo@montgomerycollege.edu. (Requests for a more detailed
description are also welcome.)

Please include with your abstract:
Name and Affiliation
Email address
Postal address
Telephone number
A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee)

The complete Call for Papers for the 2009 Convention will be posted in
June: www.nemla.org.
Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA panel;
however, panelists can only present one paper. Convention participants
may present a paper at a panel or seminar and also present at a creative
session or participate in a roundtable.

HeartTech 08

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Call for papers

HeartTech 08

http://hearttech08.unitec.ac.nz/

Papers due 19th July 08

Beyond Sustainability : A conference for people interested in technologies and education to improve the environment, humanity and equity.

This conference is for those who believe that we need to make serious changes in what we value and how we measure and call “ Success” “ Advanced” or “ Developed Society”. Its aim is to share with and support people who care about our footprint on this earth.

If your field touches on: Computing, Development, Ethics, Morality, Business, Technology, Education or Philosophy ….. and you are active in increasing global consciousness on human impact and responsibility on this earth , then please visit the website and consider contributing to this conference. We can no longer be content with sustaining the environment, our technologies and living philosophies must be focussed on IMPROVING it.

Conference Philosophy

This conference is one where people who are prepared to think and act outside the normal doctrines of first world prevalence can come and safely share their thoughts, work and experiences.

It is being held in Thailand near the Laos border because this region is predominantly Buddhist where the importance of spirituality and connectedness with nature form the foundations of all practices, including those of teaching technology at tertiary level.

This conference is a chance to make links with a wonderfully peaceful people from a unique part of the world. It is an opportunity to give and to receive and to share. Our hope is part of your heart will stay here and part of the experience will travel with you always.

Bring your research, your case studies, your desire to learn and share, your humbleness and love and hope of providing a safer cleaner world for our children and future generations.

http://hearttech08.unitec.ac.nz/

Papers will all be blind peer reviewed and selected papers published in the ACM SIGCAS special edition in early 2009 and/or the Journal of the Asia Pacific Technology Management for Sustainability Assoc.

Papers due 19th July 08

Want to help or become part of the Heart Tech move then contact us hearttech08@unitec.ac.nz or lmuller@unitec.ac.nz

Dear Colleagues,

As the new Research News editor for The Canadian Journal of Information & Library Science I am soliciting news items for the column. The purpose of the column is to showcase the multiple dimensions of Canadian LIS research: "The Research News column seeks to provide information about significant Library and Information (LIS) research activities within Canada, including announcements of research grants, major research projects, awards and honours, completed LIS dissertations, and scholarly LIS conferences".

So, to this end and in an effort to bring our news up-to-date, I invite you to send me news of the following:

-completed doctoral theses from spring/summer 2005 onward (include title, date defended and supervisor name)
-completed masters theses from spring/summer 2005 onward (include title, date defended and supervisor name)
-external grants and other major research funding from the 2006 competitions onward (awarded to faculty and doctoral students; include title of the grant, name of funding agency, etc.)< /div>
-news of postdocs, etc
-news of conferences, symposia, etc. held under the auspices of our Canadian institutions, also news of upcoming conferences
-news of awards and honours
-news of recent major research initiatives and projects
-news of Canadian scholarship that is happening outside of Canada
-any other relevant research news


It is my tentative plan to highlight doctoral student research in my first column, so items that speak to this theme are urgently requested with a deadline of 30 June 2008.


Please forward all news items via email to me at: prothba2 AT uwo.ca.

CALL FOR PAPERS Note deadline extended to June 20, 2008

We invite papers for a one-day symposium on the global sexually explicit
imagery on 30 September 2008, in Athens.

The symposium is intended as a forum that will explore the ways in which the
sexually explicit imagery is socialised through technological, political
economic, cultural and other processes. The symposium aims at bringing
together scholars working on the broader field of pornography in order to
explore, analyse and articulate the need to review and revisit academic,
political and cultural understandings of pornography and analyse law and
policy based responses to its changing nature, as a global media industry, a
form of cultural product with global reach and power to shape meaning and
values, as well as an actor affecting public policy. The symposium aims to
facilitate the possibility for collaborative research agendas and policy
analysis and intervention and is organised within the framework of the
British Academy funded project, managed by Katharine Sarikakis (University
of Leeds) and Liza Tsaliki (University of Athens).

We welcome contributions from scholars from around the world and various
backgrounds (political science, media and cultural studies, sociology,
anthropology, gender studies etc.). We are interested in papers that involve
theoretical, empirical work or work in progress, comparative or case
studies, meta-analytical as well as speculative approaches.

Topics can address a number of areas, including:

-socialisation of youth through porn and porn-defined popular culture and
genres (. pornorap; suggestive advertising etc) -political economic
dimensions of the global pornography industry: labour conditions,; mergers,
new geographies of production and consumption

- intellectual property and control over image/profits related issues

- processes of mainstreaming of pornography: tactics, strategies, channels,
profits, connection to mainstream media and culture

- conditions of production and consumption and impact on citizenship and
democracy

- links to the broader sex industry: human trafficking, sexual slavery,
human vulnerability and prostitution, sex clubs etc

- policies and laws on ANY of the aforementioned issues as linked to the
production and consumption of the sexually explicit imagery/pornography in
national and global contexts -theoretical/analytical interventions on terms,
conceptualization of problematique, frameworks of policy and law
-possibilities, strategies and practices of resisting the spread, impact and
effects of the pornography industry -women's and children's position in the
context of global imagery trade; class and gender, technology and power

Please send a 500 word abstract and a short biographical note, accompanied
by contact details and affiliation by 20 June 2008 to Dr. Katharine
Sarikakis, Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds
(k.sarikakis@leeds.ac.uk ), and Dr Liza Tsaliki, Faculty of Communication
and Media Studies, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
(etsaliki@media.uoa.gr).


There are limited places for this symposium.

Symposium fees: 80 Euros.

The symposium is organised by the Faculty of Communication and Media
Studies, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the Centre for
International Communications Research at the Institute of Communication
Studies, University of Leeds, UK

Deadline for submission June 15, 2008

Gender and Society: Explorations, Discoveries, and Revelations in a Gendered World
Call for Papers: Great Lakes History Conference
October 17th and 18th, 2008

The 33rd annual Great Lakes History Conference, sponsored by Grand
Valley State University, will be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan on
October 17th and 18th, 2008. All fields of history as well as other
disciplines are invited to submit proposals related to this year’s
theme: Gender and Society: Explorations, Discoveries, and Revelations in
a Gendered World. We invite scholars from a wide range of fields and
disciplines to exchange ideas and research on this topic. We also
welcome panels on innovative ways of teaching this year's theme to
students at every level.

We are pleased to announce two very distinguished keynote speakers for
this year's conference, both of whom have authored numerous significant
publications in the field of gender history. Judith P. Zinsser is a
Professor in Women's Studies at Miami University, a former President of
the World History Association, and representative at the United Nations
World Councils. Her most recent book is La Dame d’Esprit: a Biography
of the Marquise Du Châtelet (Viking 2006). Our second keynote speaker
is Bonnie S. Anderson, who is Broeklundian Professor of History at
Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York.
Her most recent book, Joyous Greetings: The First International Women's
Movement 1830-1860 (Oxford UP, 2000), demonstrates how early radical
feminists in Britain, France, German and the USA came together to form
the world's first international women's movement. Judith Zinsser and
Bonnie Anderson co-authored the 1988 classic A History of Their Own:
Women in Europe from Prehistory to the Present, a publication whose
twentieth anniversary will be celebrated and recognized at this year's
Great Lakes History Conference.

We welcome individual papers and arranged panels addressing this year's
topic. We encourage comparative work across regions and chronological
boundaries. The conference will be organized around themes that have
dominated recent scholarship. If you are interested in presenting a
paper, please send an abstract of approximately 200 words and a
curriculum vitae by June 15, 2008. Please include your address, email,
and phone number. Those interested in commenting on a session should
send a CV and indicate areas of expertise. Papers must take no longer
than 30 minutes in a 2-paper session or 20 minutes in a 3-paper session.
Sessions will last 90 minutes.

Conference headquarters will be at the L.V. Eberhard Center of Grand
Valley State University in downtown Grand Rapids. Hotel accommodations
will be available at the Days Hotel of Grand Rapids, which is across the
street from the Eberhard Center. The conference is within easy walking
distance of museums and restaurants. Grand Rapids is served by most
major and regional airlines.

Please address all inquiries and abstracts to:
Dr. Craig Benjamin or Dr. Scott Stabler
benjamic@gvsu.edu Stablers@gvsu.edu

CALL FOR CHAPTERS
Proposal Submission Deadline: August 15, 2008
Full Chapter Due: November 30, 2008

Book: “Cases on Online and Blended Learning Technologies in Higher Education: Concepts and Practices”
A book edited by Yukiko Inoue, PhD, University of Guam

Introduction
Online learning is becoming an important long term strategy for many institutions of higher education. However, in the future, "blended" learning­a balanced mix of traditional face-to-face instructional activities with appropriately designed online learning experiences­will be a more significant growth area than fully online learning. Blended learning is still in its infancy, and thus, there are few research studies providing insights into exactly how it should be implemented within curricula in higher education, or integrated with instruction. This book, therefore, provides real-life examples and experiences of those involved in developing and implementing blended learning in the higher education curriculum and instruction. It includes a wide range of the most current designs, methodologies, tools, and applications in blended courses. It also includes emerging issues, problems, and challenges in blended courses.


Objectives of the book
To provide real-life examples and experiences of those involved in:
-Designing blended learning
-Developing blended learning
-Managing blended learning
-Evaluating blended learning
-Institutional related issues
-Theory and research on blended learning

The target audience
The prospective audience of the book includes researchers, parishioners, professors, trainers, library media specialists, teachers, administrators, and educational technologists (who design instruction, produce instructional materials, and manage instructional computing services or learning resources collections) particularly from academic communities throughout the world. The goal of the book is to appeal to individuals with a professional interest in blended learning. Anyone working with blended learners or anyone engaged in blended learning will also find this book beneficial.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
-Theory and research on blended learning (e.g., new pedagogies, new technologies, and new theories)
-Developing and implementing blended learning
-design-related (e.g., course design, instructional strategy development, and course material designs)
-development-related (e.g., course management system, course support system, Web-based learning management system building, online tools development, online testing system development, and student corroboration)
-management-related (e.g., learning resource management, faculty support, learner support, and technical support)
-evaluation-related (e.g., curriculum quality control, and assessment of learning outcomes)
-institutional and operational-related (e.g., administration, policy, accreditation, innovations, and budgeting)


SUBMISSION PROCEDURE
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit a 2-5 page proposal clearly explaining the objectives and concerns of the proposed chapter by August 15, 2008. The status of the submitted proposals will be notified by August 31, 2008; the authors of accepted proposals will be provided with chapter organizational guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by November 30, 2008. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. The book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly “Idea Group, Inc.”), www.igi-global.com, publisher of the Information Science Reference (formally “Idea Group Reference) and Medical Information Science Reference imprints.

Inquiries and Submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document), or by mail, to:

Yukiko Inoue, PhD

School of Education, University of Guam
Mangilao, Guam 96923 USA

Tel.: 671-735-2423/2440
Fax: 671-734-3651
E-mail: yukiinoue2005@yahoo.com

http://www.cisse2008online.org
December 5-13, 2008

Technically Co-Sponsored by:

Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE);
University of Bridgeport

CONFERENCE OVERVIEW

CISSE 2008 provides a virtual forum for presentation and discussion of the
state-of the-art research on computers, information and systems sciences
and engineering. CISSE 2008 is the fourth conference of the CISSE series of
e-conferences. CISSE is the World's first Engineering/Computing and Systems
Research E-Conference. CISSE 2005 was the first high-caliber Research
Conference in the world to be completely conducted online in real-time via
the internet. CISSE 2005 was the first high-caliber Research Conference in
the world to be completely conducted online in real-time via the internet.
CISSE 2005 received 255 research paper submissions and the final program
included 140 accepted papers, from more than 45 countries. CISSE 2006
received 691 research paper submissions and the final program included 390
accepted papers, from more than 70 countries. CISSE 2007 received 750
research paper submissions and the final program included 406 accepted
papers, from more than 80 countries.

The virtual conference will be conducted through the Internet using
web-conferencing tools, made available by the conference. Authors will be
presenting their PowerPoint, audio or video presentations using
web-conferencing tools without the need for travel. Conference sessions
will be broadcast to all the conference participants, where session
participants can interact with the presenter during the presentation and
(or) during the Q&A slot that follows the presentation. This international
conference will be held entirely on-line. The accepted and presented papers
will be made available and sent to the authors after the conference both on
a DVD (including all papers, powerpoint presentations and audio
presentations) and as a book publication. Springer, the official publisher
for CISSE, published the 2005 proceedings in 2 books and the CISSE 2006 and
CISSE 2007 proceedings in four books.

Conference participants - authors, presenters and attendees - only need an
internet connection and sound available on their computers in order to be
able to contribute and participate in this international ground-breaking
conference. The on-line structure of this high-quality event will allow
academic professionals and industry participants to contribute their work
and attend world-class technical presentations based on rigorously refereed
submissions, live, without the need for investing significant travel funds
or time out of the office.

The concept and format of CISSE is ground-breaking. The PowerPoint
presentations, final paper manuscripts and time schedule for live
presentations over the web had been available for weeks prior to the start
of the conference for all registrants, so that the participants can choose
the presentations they want to attend and think about questions that they
might want to ask. The live audio presentations were also recorded and are
part of the permanent CISSE on-line archive - accessible to all
registrants- which also includes all the papers, PowerPoint and audio
presentations.

Potential non-author conference attendees who cannot make the on-line
conference dates are encouraged to register, as the entire joint
conferences will be archived for future viewing.

The CISSE conference audio room provides superb audio even over low speed
internet connections, the ability to display PowerPoint presentations, and
cross-platform compatibility (the conferencing software runs on Windows,
Mac, and any other operating system that supports Java). In addition, the
conferencing system allowed for an unlimited number of participants, which
in turn granted us the opportunity to allow all CISSE participants to
attend all presentations, as opposed to limiting the number of available
seats for each session.

Prospective authors are invited to submit full papers electronically in
Microsoft Word format through the website of the conference at
http://www.cisse2008online.org. Accepted papers must be presented in the
virtual conference by one of the authors. To submit your paper,please visit
http://www.cisse2008online.org

CISSE 2008 is composed of the following four conferences:

International Conference on Systems, Computing Sciences and Software
Engineering (SCSS 08)

Topics: Grid Computing, Internet-based Computing Models, Resource
Discovery, Programming Models and tools, e-Science and Virtual
Instrumentation, Biometric Authentication, Computers for People of Special
Needs, Human Computer Interaction, Information and Knowledge Engineering,
Algorithms, Parallel and Distributed processing, Modeling and Simulation,
Services and Applications, Embedded Systems and Applications, Databases,
Programming Languages, Signal Processing Theory and Methods, Signal
Processing for Communication, Signal Processing Architectures and
Implementation, Information Processing, Geographical Information
Systems,Object Based Software Engineering, Parallel and Distributed
Computing, Real Time Systems, Multiprocessing, File Systems
and I/O, Kernel and OS Structures.

International Conference on Telecommunications and Networking (TeNe 08)

Topics: Optical Networks and Switching, Computer Networks, Network
architectures and Equipment, Access Technologies, Telecommunication
Technology, Coding and Modulation technique, Modeling and Simulation,
Spread Spectrum and CDMA Systems, OFDM technology, Space-time Coding,
Ultra Wideband Communications, Medium Access Control, Spread Spectrum,
Wireless LAN: IEEE 802.11, HIPERLAN, Bluetooth, Cellular Wireless
Networks, Cordless Systems and Wireless Local Loop, Mobile Network Layer,
Mobile Transport Layer, Support for Mobility, Conventional Encryption and
Message Confidentiality, Block Ciphers Design Principles, Block Ciphers
Modes of Operation, Public-Key Cryptography and Message Authentication,
Authentication Application, Stenography, Electronic Mail Security, Web
Security, IP Security, Firewalls, Computer Forensics.

International Conference on Engineering Education, Instructional
Technology, Assessment, and E-learning (EIAE 08)

Topics: Instructional Design, Accreditation, Curriculum Design,
Educational Tools, 2-2-2 Platforms, Teaching Capstone Design, Teaching
Design at the Lower Levels, Design and Development of e-Learning tools,
Assessment Methods in Engineering, Development and Implementation of
E-learning tools, Ethics in Education, Economical and Social Impacts of
E-learning.

International Conference on Industrial Electronics, Technology &
Automation (IETA 08)

Topics: Advanced and Distributed Control Systems, Intelligent Control
Systems (NN, FL, GA, .etc), Expert Systems, Man Machine Interaction, Data
Fusion, Factory Automation, Robotics, Motion Control, Machine Vision, MEMS
Sensors and Actuators, Sensors Fusion, Power Electronics, High Frequency
Converters, Motors and Drives, Power Converters, Power Devices and
Components, Electric Vehicles and Intelligent Transportation, Process
Automation, Factory Communication, Manufacturing Information System
Advances in Manufacturing Systems, Industrial Applications of Multi Media,
Intelligent Systems Instrumentation, Industrial Instrumentation, Modeling
and Simulation, Signal Processing, Image and Data Processing, VR and
Parallel systems..

Paper Submission

Prospective authors are invited to submit full papers electronically in
Microsoft Word format through the website of the conference at
http://www.cisse2008online.org.

Accepted papers must be presented in the virtual conference by one of the
authors. To submit your paper, visit http://www.cisse2008online.org

Paper submission Deadline: October 15th, 2008
Notification of Acceptance: November 9th, 2008
Final Manuscript and Registration: November 26th, 2008

Khaled Elleithy, Ph.D.
CISSE 2008 General Co-Chair
Associate Dean, School of Engineering
University of Bridgeport e-mail:info@cisse2008online.org
Bridgeport, CT 06604, U.S.A. http://www.cisse2008online.org

2009 ALA Emerging Leaders

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2009 Emerging Leaders Application Process Now Open

The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting applications for the 2009 class of Emerging Leaders. Applications can be found at http://cs.ala.org/hrdr/emergingleaders/

The deadline to apply is July 31.

The program is designed to enable more than 100 new librarians to get on the fast track to ALA and professional leadership. Participants are given the opportunity to work on a variety of projects, network with peers and get an inside look into ALA structure and activities.

An ALA division, round table, ethnic affiliate, state chapter or AASL Affiliate will sponsor approximately one-third of the selected applicants. Each sponsor will contribute $1000 towards expenses ($500 for each conference). To be sponsored, apply directly to your division, chapter or round table on the application. A list of sponsoring units is included as part of the online application. You can also check with your state association and/or state chapter to find out how to apply for their sponsorship.

Sponsorship is not required for participation in the program. In order to be eligible for participation in the program, those selected must meet the following criteria:

Be under 35 years of age or be a new librarian of any age with fewer than 5 years post-MLS experience, and
Have a recent MLS degree from an ALA or NCATE accredited program or be in an MLS program currently, and
Be able to attend both ALA conferences and work virtually in between each,
Be prepared to commit to serve on an ALA, Division, Chapter or Round Table committee, taskforce or workgroup upon completion of program, and
Be an ALA member or join upon selection if not already a member.
Program information will be available and updated at: wikis.ala.org/emergingleaders. For questions or more information regarding the program, contact Beatrice Calvin at bcalvin@ala.org.

OCLC Systems & Services: International Digital Library Perspectives will be publishing a special issue on digitization projects that are international and collaborative. The editor is looking for innovative digitization projects that feature multiple formats (books, images, maps, 3D visualization, music, art, etc.), and that have multiple partners and collaborators from different countries and nationalities.
Projects that are based on international grants are especially encouraged. Articles can be of any length, and figures and screen shots are encouraged. OSS: IDLP is a peer-reviewed journal.


If you are interested in contributing, please send the editor your name, a short proposal of the topic, and a tentative title for the article.
Deadline for proposals is July 1, 2008. Articles would be due to the editor by December 1, 2008. Any questions can be directed to the editor. Thank you.


Dr. Brad Eden
Editor, _OCLC Systems & Services: International Digital Library Perspectives_
Associate University Librarian for Technical Services and Scholarly Communication
University of California, Santa Barbara
eden@library.ucsb.edu

CALL FOR PAPERS for panel entitled, "Gaming our Future? Time-Politics-Security in a Virtual World"

INTERNATIONAL STUDIES ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE, New York, USA, February 15th through the 18th of 2009

The space that digital games occupy in many people's lives has grown exponentially. Research on the socio-political ramifications of digital games has not, however, and is only now beginning to catch up. This panel seeks to redress the theoretical gap between this world and a growing number of virtual worlds and welcomes therefore papers that explore the relationship between digital games and questions of time, politics/political agency, and security using insights gained from the Social Sciences as well as the Humanities.

If you would be interested in presenting a paper, please send us an abstract of no more than 500 words by Friday, May 23. Do not forget to include a title for your abstract, your name, your affiliation, and your contact information.

Please contact the panel organizers if you would like more information:
Please contact the panel organizers if you would like more information:
Stephanie Buus,
Research Fellow, Swedish Institute of International Affairs Stockholm, Sweden
E-mail: stephanie.buus@ui.se

Maria Stern
Associate Professor, Department of Peace and Development Research Gothenburg University, Sweden
E-mail: maria.stern@globalstudies.gu.se


The general call for ISA proposals can be viewed at:
http://www.isanet.org/newyork2009/

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Sofia 2008: Globalization and the Management of Information Resources
12-14 November 2008, Sofia, Bulgaria


On behalf of the Conference Organizing Committee, we would like to
invite you to participate in Sofia 2008: Globalization and the
Management of Information Resources, 12-14 November 2008 hosted by The
School of Library & Information Management, Emporia State University,
Kansas, USA; the Department of Library and Information Sciences, “St.
Kliment Ohridski” University of Sofia, Sofia, Bulgaria; the University
of Kansas Libraries, Kansas, USA; Seton Hall University Library, New
Jersey, USA; James A. Michener Library, University of Northern
Colorado, Colorado, USA.


Sofia 2008 is part of an international conference series that has been
hosted in Kansas City, Kansas (1995), Warsaw, Poland (1997) and Sofia,
Bulgaria (2000, 2002, 2004, & 2006). The conference series is devoted
to interpreting trends, patterns of globalization and their effects on
the development of library services, and the development of information
infrastructure.


The conference themes this year are:


• Access to electronic networks
• Organization, classification and retrieval in a web environment
• Information industry & knowledge management
• Information literacy and lifelong learning
• Digital and virtual libraries
• Information architecture and knowledge management
• Information policy issues in an electronic environment
• Digital rights management (DRM)
• Education and training in a Web 2.0 environment
• Ethics and the right to access to information
Also, a special session is planned on the role of libraries in the
capture, access, preservation, and use of indigenous knowledge


Please send your submission of contact information, title and abstract
of no more than 500 words by MONDAY, 9 JUNE to the conference e-mail
address: sofia2008@emporia.edu. Notification of acceptance to the
program will be made by 30 JUNE, and to include the paper in the
published conference proceedings, the final copy is due by 15 OCTOBER.


Please note that all participants will pay registration. A small number
of stipends are available for East European colleagues to support
conference attendance. Preference will be given to those individuals
presenting papers or reports. For conference support please get in
touch with Dr. Alexander Dimchev at dimchev_uni@abv.bg or
Dimchev@sclg.uni-sofia.bg.


Participation is also available for students in a special concurrent
poster session. Interested students should submit contact information,
poster title and a brief summary (150 words) to Ms. Perri Parise at
pparise@emporia.edu by 3 JUNE. Students will be notified of acceptance
by 24 JUNE.


More details about the conference can be found at
http://slim.emporia.edu/globenet/Sofia2008/index.htm. You may direct
questions to Rebecca Miller Banner, conference organizer, at
sofia2008@emporia.edu.


We look forward to receiving your proposal and hope you'll be able to
join us in Sofia, Bulgaria.


Cordially,
Chairs Herbert Achleitner and Alexander Dimchev


Herbert K. Achleitner, PhD
School of Library & Information Management
Emporia State University
Emporia, Kansas, USA
E-mail: hachleit@emporia.edu


Alexander Dimchev, PhD
Dean, Faculty of Philosophy
University of Sofia
Sofia, Bulgaria
dimchev_uni@abv.bg

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS

Unit for Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (TaSTI) organizes the 13th Nordic Workshop on Bibliometrics and Research Policy


11-12 September 2008
in University of Tampere, Finland


Call for Presentations


Bibliometric researchers in the Nordic countries have arranged annual Nordic workshops on bibliometrics since 1996. The general idea of the workshop is to present recent bibliometric research in the Nordic countries and to create better linkages between bibliometric research groups and their PhD students. The workshop language is English and the workshop is open to participants from any nation.


This year's keynote speaker is Professor Ben Martin, Director of SPRU, University of Sussex. He will give a speech on /'Bibliometric research, indicators and science policy making' /


The participants who wish to present a research paper or a research idea are called for a max 200 word abstract of their presentation no later than August 4th, 2008. The workshop is also open to participants without a presentation. Final date for registrations is August 11th, 2008. There are no fees for participating in the workshop. Travel and accommodation have to be arranged and sponsored by the participants themselves.


Please send your abstract by e-mail as a pdf-file. Further questions can be addressed to workshop coordinators:
hanna-mari.pasanen@uta.fi/ /and laura.himanen@uta.fi


More information is available at the workshop website http://www.uta.fi/conference/nwb2008/


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Is there something you would like to talk to other instruction
librarians about?

Consider convening a discussion with instruction librarians at the ALA
Midwinter convention in Denver in January, 2009, to share your ideas,
get feedback on your research, find a colleague for research, get more
ideas, increase your expertise.

ACRL/Instruction Section (IS) Current Issue Discussion Groups
Call for proposals for ALA Midwinter Conference, January 2009


Description
Current Issue Discussion Groups provide a way for IS members to
introduce instruction-related topics of current importance, to promote
discussion and encourage further exploration.


What to Include in the Proposal
The following five elements need to be addressed and clearly stated in
the proposal:

-A clear description of the discussion topic's issue/s
-Rationale for convening a discussion on the topic's issue/s
-Importance of the topic's issue/s for academic instruction librarians
-At least three sample discussion questions that may be used to facilitate group discussion
-Proposed strategies and structure that will maintain group discussion

The potential scope of issues includes, but is not limited to:
Teaching methods; Instruction and Information technology;
Assessment; Management of instruction programs; Outreach and
collaboration; Research in academic information literacy. The topic
should be focused enough to be covered reasonably well within the
allotted time. (For example "Everything about WIKIs" would be too broad,
while "Using WIKIs in Library Instruction at Academic Institutions"
might be just the right scope).

Expectations for Current Issue Discussion Group Conveners
For the selected proposals, the proposal author(s) will serve as
convener(s) and commit to:

-becoming up-to-date and familiar with the discussion topic;
-exploring possible discussion formats and selecting the appropriate format that allows for maximum discussion within the parameters and scope of the topic;
-drafting an initial two-page to three-page, double spaced
"Current Issue Digest" summarizing findings about the issue to be posted to ILI-L at least two weeks (by January 8, 2009) before the conference and handed out at the discussion;
-identifying a few key readings, related organizations and/or
programs to include in the "Current Issue Digest;"
-facilitating one of two "Current Issue Discussions" at the ALA Midwinter Conference (in Denver, CO: January 23-28, 2009);
-revising and submitting a final "Current Issue Digest" to be posted on the IS web site within one month (by March 1, 2009) of the discussion;
-distributing the final Current Issue Digest to the ILI Listserv after the ALA Midwinter Conference;
- maintaining communication with an assigned liaison from the Discussion Group Steering Committee throughout the planning, program, and follow-up processes.

Who May Apply
Applications are welcome from any IS members. (If it is a group, one person needs to be an IS member!)

How to Apply
Complete and submit the proposal form to the IS Current Issue
Discussion Group Steering Committee co-chair by June 1, 2008. The
proposal form is attached. Send the completed form to Rebecca Jackson
(rjackson@iastate.edu).

Contact committee co-chairs Rebecca Jackson (rjackson@iastate.edu) or Gail Gradowski (ggradowski@scu.edu) with questions.

Check the IS- DGSC webpage as well for more information:
http://www.ala.org/ala/acrlbucket/is/iscommittees/webpages/discussiongroup/index.cfm


Process
Selection will be based on the perceived importance and impact
of the proposed topic. Additional selection criteria used in the
selection process include evaluating proposed topics for: timeliness,
relevancy, currency, practicality (that the topic lends itself to a
discussion), innovation, evidence of applicant's knowledge, and clear
focus. Proposals must be submitted by June 1, 2008, for ALA Midwinter in
Denver, CO. Proposal writers will be notified by July 9, 2008, as to
whether or not their proposal was accepted and will be assigned one of
the two discussion time slots. Conveners are responsible for their own
conference registration and travel expenses.


IS Current Issue Discussion Group
Proposal Form

Proposals submitted by June 1, 2008, will be considered for one of two
discussion groups to be held at the ALA Midwinter Conference in Denver, CO.
Brief title:


(Approximately 8 words, providing a succinct description)


Please attach a summary of the proposed discussion's focus and
its importance to the profession (Note: Keep in mind the selection
criteria used: timeliness, relevancy, currency, practicality,
innovation, evidence of applicant's knowledge, and clear focus.):
(Up to 400 words)





Please attach a proposed outline as to how you will initiate and
facilitate discussion, as well as how you will maintain a discussion
format. Include a MINIMUM of 3 questions that will be posed in the
discussion. (Up to 400 words)





Contact information for proposed discussion group convener(s):


Name





Institution





Email Address





Phone





___ Please check to confirm that all proposed conveners are
current IS members.
___ Please check to indicate that you accept the
responsibilities of discussion group conveners.

If your proposal is selected, you will be notified by July 9,
2008. You will be appointed as a convener of your discussion group.
Conveners are responsible for becoming up-to-date and familiar with the
discussion topic, drafting an initial two-page to three-page,
double-spaced "Current Issue Digest" summarizing the discussion topic,
posting the "Current Issue Digest" to ILI-L at least one week before the
conference and handed out at the discussion, leading a discussion of the
topic, and creating a written digest of key discussion points to be
posted on the IS web site within one month after your discussion.
Conveners and other participants are responsible for their own
conference registration and travel expenses.

Submit your completed proposal form by email to Rebecca Jackson
(rjackson@iastate.edu), co-chair of the IS Discussion Group Steering
Committee, by June 1, 2008.

Second International Conference on Religion and Media

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The Second International Conference on Religion and Media will be held in Tehran and Qom, Iran, from November 9th to 12th, 2008. We cordially invite all media researchers and scholars, representatives from diverse religious traditions, professionals and students involved with the subjects of the conference to attend and submit a paper. Further information could be found at conference website: http://www.religion-media.ir/

A few scholarships are available to partially subsidize the costs of participants with selected papers.

Sincerely,
Mahdiye Tavakol
Conference Coordinator

IRIB University,
Niyayesh Highway, Vali-e-Asr Street,
Tehran, Iran.
Tel: +98 21 22652238
Fax: +98 21 22652238
rm2008@religion-media.ir

Seeking Submissions from U.S. Librarians for ALA Editions
The Published Librarian: Successful Professional and Personal Writing
(publisher, American Library Association)


Introductory Note: Bob Blanchard, Adult Services Librarian, Des Plaines Public
Library. Contributor to Illinois Librarians; Thinking Outside the Book: Essays
for Innovative Librarians (McFarland, 2008)

Afterword: Dr. Ann Riedling, LIS Faculty, Mansfield University. Learning to
Learn: A Guide to Becoming Information Literate in the 21st Century
(Neal-Schuman, 2006)

Practical, concise, how-to articles. No previously published, simultaneously
submitted material, or co-authors. Two articles: 1900-2100 words total; one
article could be 1000 words, the other 900 words. No underlining, bold, all
caps for emphasis, please.

Editor Carol Smallwood, M.L.S., has written, co-authored, edited 19 books such
as Educators as Writers for Scarecrow, Libraries Unlimited, Peter Lang, and
others. Her work has appeared in English Journal, Clackamas Literary Review,
The Detroit News, Poesia, and several others including anthologies. Pudding
House Publications published her chapbook, 2008; Words and Images of Belonging
co-edited with Aurorean editor is with an agent; a recent book is
http://www.mcfarlandpub.com/book-2.php?id=978-0-7864-3575-3

Possible topics: marketing, online publishing, where to send reviews, research
skills for historical novels, using editing a library newsletter to edit books,
ideas from students for YA books, using tools like BIP to locate publishers for
your books, storytellers turned picture book authors, blogs and author web
sites, interviewing, writing groups, networking, using a technology edge,
promoting your books at conferences. Using issues librarians face such as
censorship in poetry, essays, memoir, short stories, columns.

Deadline June 30, 2008

Compensation: a complimentary copy, discount on additional copies. Please
submit articles for consideration with a 65-70 word bio. Place LIBRARIANS/your
name on the subject line to: smallwood@tm.net

Sample bio:
Suzanne Doe, a subject bibliographer at Central Michigan University, obtained
her M.L.I.S. from the University of North Texas. She has been published in
American Libraries, Beloit Poetry Journal, Library Trends. Her recent books
include: The Mystery Woman (Random House, 2006); Adagio Sunset Candle (Poetry
Press, 2008); Midwest Library Organizations (McFarland, forthcoming). She
received the Kitty Maize Fiction Award, 2008. An avid skier, Suzanne organizes
writing workshops for Pine Arts Council.

Deadline for submissions: 26 May 2008 (for all contributions)

IADIS International Conference on

Cognition and Exploratory Learning in Digital Age (CELDA 2008)

October 13 - 15, 2008 - Freiburg, Germany

(http://www.celda-conf.org/)

Co-organised by: Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

Endorsed by the Japanese Society of Information and Systems in Education

* Conference background and goals

The IADIS CELDA 2008 conference aims to address the main issues concerned with evolving learning processes and supporting pedagogies and applications in the digital age. There have been advances in both cognitive psychology and computing that have affected the educational arena. The convergence of these two disciplines is increasing at a fast pace and affecting academia and professional practice in many ways. Paradigms such as just-in-time learning, constructivism, student-centered learning and collaborative approaches have emerged and are being supported by technological advancements such as simulations, virtual reality and multi-agents systems. These developments have created both opportunities and areas of serious concerns. This conference aims to cover both technological as well as pedagogical issues related to these developments. Main tracks have been identified. However innovative contributions that do not easily fit into these areas will also be considered as long as they are directly related to the overall theme of the conference – cognition and exploratory learning in the digital age.

* Format of the Conference

The conference will comprise of invited talks and oral presentations for discussion-oriented papers. The proceedings of the conference will be published in the form of a book and CD-ROM.


Authors of the best published papers in the CELDA 2008 proceedings will be invited to publish extended versions of their papers in a special issue of the Educational Technology Research and Development Journal (ETR&D) - ISSN: 1042-1629 (print version) ISSN: 1556-6501 (electronic version).

* Types of submissions

Full papers, Short Papers and Reflection papers. All submissions will go through a double-blind refereeing process with at least two international experts.

* Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following areas:

- Acquisition of expertise

- Assessing progress of learning in complex domains

- Assessment of exploratory learning approaches

- Assessment of exploratory technologies

- Cognition in education

- Collaborative learning

- Educational psychology

- Exploratory technologies (such as simulations, VR, i-TV and so on)

- Just-in-time and Learning-on-Demand

- Learner Communities and Peer-Support

- Learning Communities & Web Service Technologies

- Pedagogical Issues Related with Learning Objects

- Learning Paradigms in Academia

- Learning Paradigms in Corporate Sector

- Life-long Learning

- Student-Centered Learning

- Technology and mental models

- Technology, learning and expertise

- Virtual University

* Important Dates:

- Submission Deadline: 26 May 2008

- Notification to Authors: until 7 July 2008

- Final Camera-Ready Submission and Early Registration: Until 28 July 2008

- Late Registration: After 28 July 2008

* Conference Location

The conference will be held in Freiburg, Germany.

* Secretariat

IADIS Secretariat - IADIS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CELDA 2008

Rua Sao Sebastiao da Pedreira, 100, 3

1050-209 Lisbon, Portugal

E-mail: secretariat@celda-conf.org

Web site: http://www.celda-conf.org/


* Program Committee

Conference Co-Chairs

Pedro Isaias, Universidade Aberta (Portuguese Open University), Portugal

Dirk Ifenthaler, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany

Program Co-Chairs

Kinshuk, Athabasca University, Canada

Demetrios G Sampson, University of Piraeus, Greece

J. Michael Spector, Florida State University, USA


Committee Members: please see http://www.celda-conf.org/committees.asp for

updated list.

* Co-located Conference:

This conference is co-located with the IADIS International Conference WWW/Internet 2008 (http://www.internet-conf.org/) - participants of one conference may attend the sessions from the other conference at no extra charges.

THE SIXTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE BOOK

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Dear Colleague,

On behalf of the Conference Organising Committee, we would like to inform you of the:

THE SIXTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE BOOK
The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, USA
25-27 October 2008
http://www.Book-Conference.com

In the context of today's rapid developments in information technologies, the book is indeed an old medium of expression. Do the new media (the internet, multimedia texts and new delivery formats) represent a threat or an opportunity? What is the book's future as a creature of and conduit for human creativity?

This Conference will address the provocative suggestion that, rather than being eclipsed by the new media, the book will thrive as a cultural and commercial artifact. More than this, the information architecture of the book, embodying as it does thousands of years' experience with recorded knowledge, may well prove critical to the success of the new media.

As well as impressive line-up of international main speakers, the Conference will also include numerous paper, workshop and colloquium presentations by practitioners, teachers and researchers. We would particularly like to invite you to respond to the Conference Call-for-Papers. Presenters may choose to submit written papers for publication in the fully refereed International Journal of the Book. If you are unable to attend the Conference in person, virtual registrations are also available which allow you to submit a paper for refereeing and possible publication in this fully refereed academic Journal, as well as access to the electronic version of the Conference proceedings.

Proposals are reviewed within four weeks of submission. Full details of the Conference, including an online proposal submission form, are to be found at the Conference website - http://www.Book-Conference.com

We look forward to receiving your proposals and hope you will be able to join us in Washington, DC in October.

Yours Sincerely,

Dr. Michael Peters
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
For: The Advisory Board, International Conference on the Book

Society of American Archivists -Deadline May 15, 2008

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2008 Research Forum

“Foundations and Innovations”

Tuesday, August 26, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Hilton San Francisco

Participants’ response to the 1st Annual SAA Research Forum in August 2007 confirmed that the full spectrum of research activities – from “pure” research to applied research to innovative practice – is of great interest and value to the archives community. The 2008 Research Forum will build on last year's success by expanding the presentations portion to a full day.

If you’re:

Engaged in research…
Seeking to identify research-based solutions for your institution…
Willing to participate in the research cycle by serving as a beta site for research trials…or
Simply interested in what’s happening in research and innovation….
Then join us for SAA’s 2nd Annual Research Forum: Foundations and Innovations!

Researchers, practitioners, educators, students, and the curious across all sectors of archives and records management are invited to participate. Use the Forum to discuss, debate, plan, organize, evaluate, or motivate research projects and initiatives. Major goals of the Forum are to facilitate collaboration and help inform researchers about what questions and problems need to be tackled.


The 2nd Annual SAA Research Forum will be held at ARCHIVES 2008 to acknowledge current – and encourage future – research and innovation from across the archives community and for the benefit of the archives profession.

Research Forum Events at ARCHIVES 2008

The following events are planned for 2008:

· Research Workshop (Monday, August 25, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm): A one-day session that will provide guidance and advice for conducting research, from defining the scope to presenting the results.

· Research Presentations and Posters (Tuesday, August 26, 10:00am – 4:30 pm): Here’s your chance to present, discuss, listen to, or view research reports and results on a variety of topics. The final 30 minutes of this session will seek input for SAA’s 2009 Research Forum.

· “Office Hours” in the Exhibit Hall (Thursday, August 28, and Friday, August 29): 2008 Forum organizers will be on hand to hear your ideas about the Forum and for ad hoc discussions about specific research projects.

· Poster Sessions: Be sure to make time to visit the poster sessions, which in 2008 will include practice innovation and research topics.


Call for Platform and Poster Presentations


SAA invites submission of abstracts (of 250 words or less) for either 10-minute platform presentations or poster presentations. Topics may address research on, or innovations in, any aspect of archival practice or records management in government, corporate, academic, scientific, or other setting. Presentations on research results that may have emerged since the SAA Call for Proposals deadline in October 2007 are welcome, as are reports on research completed within the past 3 years that you think is relevant and valuable for discussion. Please indicate whether you intend a platform or poster presentation.

Abstracts will be evaluated by a review committee co-chaired by Nancy McGovern (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, University of Michigan) and Helen Tibbo (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill).

Deadline for submission of abstracts: May 15, 2008. You will be notified of the review committee’s decision by June 15.


Submit your 250-word abstract no later than May 15 via email to researchforum@archivists.org.

Advances in Inter-organizational Disaster Management

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Information Systems Frontiers

Inter-organizational disaster response requires collaboration among geographically distributed public and private organizations to enable a rapid and effective response to an unexpected event. In order to ensure coherent coordination among the responding organizations, relevant information needs to be collected from multiple sources, verified for accuracy, and shared with appropriate responding organizations, all within a short time frame. As a disaster situation unfolds, multiple aspects of disaster response continuously change, including urgency, scope, impact, the types of appropriate responders, and the responders’ needs for information and communication. These changes add to the complexity and uncertainty.

Unfortunately, recent response experiences and evaluations of disaster responders suggest that many disaster management systems often fall short of the capability to cope with the complexity and uncertainty. The majority of current information systems for disaster response have been designed based on probable scenarios, and optimized for intra-organizational response and routine processes. Therefore, such systems cannot adequately adapt to a constantly changing situation that often deviates from the design-time scenario by far.

Due to scarce resources, it is infeasible to develop information systems for each and every conceivable disaster situation. Consequently, recent interdisciplinary research efforts have focused on developing the ability to facilitate the ever-changing information needs under the complex and unpredictable environments. Within the area of disaster and crisis management, a large number of technological innovations have realized over the last couple of years.

Often these technologies have been developed in isolation of the other developments and have not been integrated into the daily routine operations of first responders, which might prevent effective use of the technologies during an emergency. Many cultural, organizational, jurisdictional and legal barriers also hamper or prevent necessary and proper coordination of relevant public and private organizations during unexpected events. Nevertheless, all these technologies and advances together provide the foundations of a unique platform that becomes a key to our ability to effectively respond to unpredictable and complex situations.

This special issue of ISF aims to compile the advances surrounding the emerging issues of inter-organizational disaster management andcontribute to the creation of a common body of knowledge to the multi-disciplinary field of study.

Topics
We solicit for papers showing innovative solutions, theoretical developments, or insightful experiences that can contribute to the foundations for the interdisciplinary research area. The topics include, but are not limited to:

· Innovative application of technologies

· Secure infrastructure for distributed data sources

· Adaptive, flexible and responsive information architectures

· Information quality and information sharing

· Information processing of large amounts of data

· Alignment of organizational and technical issues

· Network centric operations and information architecture

· Inter-organizational collaboration

· Decision-support systems and expert systems

· Case studies, lessons learned, and best practices

· Service-oriented architectures, orchestration, and semantic web

· Modelling, gaming and simulation of disasters

Special issue editors

Marijn Janssen, Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

M.F.W.H.A.Janssen@tudelft.nl

JinKyu Lee, Spears School of Business, Oklahoma State University, USA

jinkyu_lee@hotmail.com

Nitesh Bharosa, Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

N.bharosa@tudelft.nl

Anthony Cresswell, Administration & Policy Studies, University at Albany, The State University of NY, USA

tcresswell@ctg.albany.edu

Important Dates

Prospective authors are encourages to submit an abstract or concept for appropriateness.


Submission Deadline: June 1, 2008

Notification of First Round Reviews: September 15, 2008

Revised Manuscripts Due: November 15, 2008

Final Acceptance Notification: January 15, 2009

Publication: Mid 2009

CALL FOR PAPERS

Mission of IJITSA:

The International Journal of Information
Technologies and the Systems Approach (IJITSA) is
an academic and practitioner journal created to
disseminate and discuss high quality research
results on information systems and related upper
and lower level systems as well as on its
interactions with software engineering, systems
engineering, complex systems and philosophy of
systems sciences issues, through rigorous
theoretical, modeling, engineering or behavioral
studies in order to explore, describe, explain,
predict, design, control, evaluate, interpret,
intervene and/or develop organizational systems
where Information Systems are the main objects of
study and the systems approach ­ any variant ­ is
the main research method and philosophical stance used.

Coverage of IJITSA:

IJITSA will publish papers ­ one issue per
semester ­ of high quality, rigor and relevance
on information systems that use the systems
approach as a main method of inquiry under the
following categories: (i) theoretical research
papers (from conceptual review and analysis,
formal analysis or modeling), (ii) empirical
research papers (from an engineering perspective
(e.g., papers that report the design, and/or
building and/or empirical (even as a pilot test)
evaluation of a system)) or and behavioral papers
(e.g. papers that report survey-based, case study
or action research approaches, where human
beings’ behavior ­including both subjective and
objective constructs- are the main focus of the
systems studied in laboratory and field settings).
Papers can have the following single or combined
research purposes: scholastic,
instrumental/methodological, exploratory,
descriptive, predictive, explanatory, design and
control, evaluative, interpretative or
interventionist. The studies can use the
following systemic research methodologies or
approaches: conceptual, formal mathematical,
systems simulation (discrete, multi-agent or
hybrid), systems dynamics, soft systems, action
research, critical systems, multi-methodology,
and their philosophical underpinnings can be
either positivist, interpretative, critical or
based in critical realism. They are expected to
be integrated or discussed under the perspective
of the systems approach with the long-term aim of
obtaining a unified view of information systems.

Topics include, but are not limited to the following:

Engineering frameworks, taxonomies, models,
methodologies, processes, methodologies,
standards and practices based in the systems
approach applied in the solving, dissolving or
resolving of real or theoretical systems of
problems in the disciplines of information
systems, systems engineering, software engineering and complex systems.

Management frameworks, taxonomies, models,
methodologies, processes, methodologies,
standards and practices based in the systems
approach applied in the solving, dissolving or
resolving of theoretical or real systems of
problems in the disciplines of information
systems, systems engineering, software engineering and complex systems.

Conceptual analysis, design, utilization,
evaluation, enhancement and/or critique of
research methods based in the systems approach
(conceptual, formal mathematical, systems
simulation (discrete, multi-agent or hybrid),
systems dynamics, soft systems, action research,
critical systems, multi-methodology).

Philosophical research frameworks and paradigms
based in the systems approach for doing research
in the disciplines of information systems,
systems engineering, software engineering and complex systems.

Interested authors should consult the journal's
manuscript submission guidelines at
www.igi-global.com/ijitsa.

All inquiries and submissions should be sent to:
Editor-in-Chief: David Paradice at
dparadice@cob.fsu.edu
and Manuel Mora at mmora@securenym.net

The editors of a new professional development book under contract with Fountainhead Press are soliciting essay submissions. Addressing Diversity Issues within the Writing Classroom will consist of 15-20 essays that showcase effective pedagogical ideas on bringing diversity into and addressing issues of diversity within the writing classroom. The intended audience consists of graduate students and first time instructors, as well as experienced university, community
college, and high school instructors who want to find a place (contact zone) where they can meet their diverse students and then help them make the journey through a composition class.

Each essay should be focused around a specific type of diversity issue or theme and provide examples of how new and experienced teachers can use diversity issues to invigorate their teaching of writing. Essays should be pedagogical in nature; however, a familiarity with how addressing and/or using diversity fits in with current composition models is expected. Essays that include examples of student writing and sample writing assignments are particularly
encouraged. We hope to have at least half the essays focused on the experience of new teachers (graduate assistants, high school teachers, or professors new to this pedagogy).

Submissions should not exceed 5000 words and should adhere to the
series style guide, which can be viewed at http:// www.fountainheadpress.com/xseries.htm.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to, incorporating/ integrating the following in the writing classroom or focusing on the following as writing subject matter:

Race
Global Issues
Class
Mental abilities
Gender/ gender
roles
Physical abilities
Sexuality
Age
Economics
Religion
Ethnicity
Nationality
Multiculturalism
Physical appearance
Culture
Political affiliation
Language
Dialects
Illness
Regionalism

Queries can be submitted to Gwendolyn Hale (Haleg@savstate.edu). For full consideration, essays should be submitted in either digital or print form by May 30, 2008 to:

Gwen Hale, English Department, Savannah State University, 265 Whiting
Hall, PO Box 20428, Savannah, GA 31405, haleg@savstate.edu

Looking for papers, poetry, panel proposals and/or other proposals for our upcoming conference.

The conference will be held Sept 19, 20, and 21, 2008 at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

We invite work in all areas relating to feminism and feminist practices; anti-racist theory/practice; political theory and ethics; metaphysics and epistemology as well as papers, panels, and performances that engage feminist anti-racist praxis and theorizing more broadly.

Midwest SWIP is an interdisciplinary conference with a particular emphasis on troubling the discipline of philosophy and the theory/practice dichotomy.

Queries and submissions should be sent via email to each of the following:

Tinola Mayfield-Guerrero at tinolam@yahoo.com
and
Chris Gallagher at cgallag3@utnet.utoledo.edu

Deadline for submissions: July 15, 2008

*** Call for Writings from ABE Practitioners ***
What's your experience of working with women in ABE/ESOL? We'd like
to know....

Empowering Women through Literacy: Views from Experience
Edited by Mev Miller, Ed.D. and Kathleen King, Ed.D.
We invite practitioners working in adult basic/literacy education --
classroom teachers, educators, tutors, administrators, and
researchers -- to make a proposal for what you'd like to contribute
to a book of writings and artwork by adult basic education teachers/ educators addressing women's literacy issues.


We are very interested in receiving personal stories and reflections
(or community stories and solutions). Though we will include
scholarly writing, our goal is to make this a collection of
teachers' voices in all sorts of expressions.


Topics Explored: Barriers and Challenges to Discussing Women's Issues
in Literacy Classes or Addressing Them in Programs; Experiences
Empowering Women in Literacy; Contextual Approaches for Empowering
Women in Literacy


Deadline for Proposals: May 30, 2008 For more details and form,
please visit: http://www.litwomen.org/educators/newbook.html

LA&M Associate Editor

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Did you know??? A recent survey of the LAMA membership found that 73% of LAMA's 5,000-plus members ranked "LA&M" as the "most valuable" feature of their membership.

Don’t miss this valuable and rewarding opportunity to help shape LAMA’s flagship magazine as it moves from a traditional print publication into a fully web-based format. LA&M needs your creativity in finding original and exciting approaches to presenting content and developing new features. With support from the LAMA Publications and Editorial Advisory Board and ALA Production Services, you will build your skill set as an editor while giving back to your profession and serving more than 5,000 LAMA members.

For more information, please contact associate editor Eric Shoaf at ecs@brown.edu. He will be happy to talk with you.

Position description:

The Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA) seeks an experienced writer or editor to assist in the production and eventually take charge of LAMA’s quarterly magazine, Library Administration & Management (LA&M). As the flagship publication of LAMA, LA&M serves as an outlet for publishing and news information disseminated from LAMA committees and working groups, as well as for best practices in the field of library administration. The print magazine is transitioning into a full-feature web publication, expected to be complete in 2009-2010, and will continue to serve the membership in vital new ways by providing more timely information, multi-media features, and high quality graphics.

The associate editor will be responsible for working closely with the editor in the production of each issue of LA&M, establishing close working relationships with and serving as liaison to the LAMA section and committee chairs in reporting section news, and performing other duties as determined by the editor. After serving two years, the incumbent will assume the duties of editor in 2010. The associate editor serves as an ex-officio member of the LAMA Board of Directors and the LA&M Editorial Advisory Board. The first issue for which the newly appointed associate editor will share responsibility will be volume 23, no. 1, with a copy due date in late September 2008.

Applicants must be LAMA members and have a strong overall knowledge of the association and its goals, have an interest in and knowledge of management issues relevant to libraries, and a familiarity with management literature in general. Applicants must have written and published articles and/or have demonstrated editorial experience. Preferred applicants will have experience or familiarity with the technical and editorial issues associated with electronic and Web publishing, and knowledge of emerging technologies in this publishing format.

The successful candidate must make a four-year commitment to attend American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meetings and Annual Conferences, with emphasis on attending LAMA section and committee meetings, and other events. Compensation up to $1,500 annually will be provided to cover documented travel and/or editorial expenses. Applicants should send a resume and cover letter summarizing their editorial philosophy, two to four samples of written work or editorial activities, and three letters of reference addressing qualifications to: Kerry Ward, Executive Director, LAMA, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611, or e-mail materials to Kerry Ward kward@ala.org. Finalists will be interviewed at the 2008 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA.

The deadline for application is June 7, 2008.

Gender Issues SIG of ALISE

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The Gender Issues SIG of ALISE is accepting proposals for the ALISE 2009 conference. The theme of the Gender Issues SIG’s program will be “Gender Issues in the Digital Age.” Please send a 300 word abstract of your proposed paper to Kay Cassell, SCILS, Rutgers University.

Your proposal should include a cover sheet with the paper’s title and author and contact information and a second page with the abstract that does not show your name or contact information. The proposals will be refereed by the program committee. Submissions should be sent in electronic format to Kay Cassell (kcassell@scils.rutgers.edu). Deadline: June 15, 2008.

CALL FOR PAPERS

http://www.sersc.org/CSA2008

Australia, October 13 - 15, 2008

The 2008 International Symposium on Computer Science and its Applications (CSA-08) will be held in Australia on October 13 - 15, 2008.

CSA-08 will be the most comprehensive symposium focused on the various aspects of advances in Computer Science.

The CSA-08 will provide an opportunity for academic and industry professionals to discuss the latest issues and progress in the area of CSA. In addition, the symposium will publish high quality papers which are closely related to the various theories and practical applications in CSA. Furthermore, we expect that the symposium and its publications will be a trigger for further related research and technology improvements in this important subject.


IMPORTANT DATES:

Paper Submission Deadline: May 15, 2008
Acceptance Notification: July 1, 2008
Camera Ready Due: July 15, 2008
Symposium Dates: October 13 - 15, 2008


Topics (7 Tracks)

-Ubiquitous and Pervasive Computing
-Dependable, Reliable and Autonomic Computing
-Security and Trust
-Multimedia
-Networking and Communications
-Database and Data Mining
-Software Engineering


Organization


Steering Chair:
Tai-hoon Kim, Hannam University, Korea

General Chairs:
Jong Hyuk Park, Kyungnam University, Korea
David Taniar, Monash University, Australia

Program Chairs:
Sang-Soo Yeo, Kyushu University, Japan
Jiankun Hu, RMIT University, Australia

Track Chairs:

Track 1. Ubiquitous and Pervasive Computing
Eric Pardede, La Trobe University, Australia

Track 2. Dependable, Reliable and Autonomic Computing
Qiang Ni, Bruneil University, UK

Track 3. Security and Trust
Willy Susilo, University of Wollongong, Australia

Track 4. Multimedia
Deok Gyu Lee, ETRI, Korea

Track 5. Networking and Communications
Naveen K Chilamkurti, La Trobe University, Australia

Track 6. Database and Data Mining
Yanchun Zhang, Victoria University, Australia

Track 7. Software Engineering
Witold Pedrycz, University of Alberta, Canada


Invited Speakers: TBA

Special Session Chairs:
Zhiwen Yu Kyoto University, Japan (yu@ccm.media.kyoto-u.ac.jp)
Young-Sik Jeong, Wonkwang University, Korea (ysjeong@wku.ac.kr)

International Advisory Board
Daqing Zhang, GET/INT
Andrew Kusiak, The University of Iowa, USA
Laurence T. Yang, St Francis Xavier University, Canada
Hamid R. Arabnia, The University of Georgia, USA
Hsiao-Hwa Chen, Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan
Kyo-il Chung ETRI, Korea
M. Atiquzzaman, University of Oklahoma, USA

Publicity Chair:
Laura Rusu, La Trobe University, Australia


Program Committee: TBA


Paper Submission and Publication

Every submitted paper will be carefully reviewed by at least two members of the International Program Committee.
All accepted papers will be included in the conference proceedings published by IEEE CS (indexed by EI).
Authors should submit paper with about 4 pages (short paper), 6 pages (regular paper) or 8 pages (full paper: 2 pages extra charge) by using online systems for review.
Please use IEEE CS paper format.

Submission system: http://submission.sersc.org/CSA2008/

Special Issues:

Distinguished papers accepted and presented in CSA-08, after further revisions, will be published in special issues on prestigious international journals indexed by SCI-E (Confirmed).

- Journal of Universal Computer Science - Springer (http://www.jucs.org/ )
Special Issue on "Intelligent Environments and Services"
Guest Editors: Prof. Tai-hoon Kim, Prof. Andrew Kusiak, Prof. David Taniar, Prof. Daqing Zhang

- MULTIMEDIA TOOLS AND APPLICATIONS - Springer ( http://www.springer.com/computer/information+systems/journal/11042 )
Special Issue on Advanced Intelligent Multimedia Applications for Next Generation Environments
Guest Editors: Prof. Jong Hyuk Park, Prof. Hamid R. Arabnia, Dr. Zhiwen Yu


Contact Information

If you have any question about the CfPs and papers submission,
please email to PC chairs or Secretary of CSA-08 (sersc@sersc.org).

http://bioinformatics.eas.asu.edu/RED/red2008.html
in conjunction with
10th International Conference on Information Integration and Web-based Applications & Services
(iiWAS2008)
24-26 November 2008
Linz, Austria

A resource corresponds to an information source such as a data repository or database
management system (e.g., a query form or a textual search engine), a link between resources
(an index or hyperlink), or a service such as an application or tool. Resources are
characterized by core information including a name, a description of its input and its
output (parameters or format), its address, and various additional properties expressed as
metadata.
Resource discovery is the process of identifying and locating existing resources that have
a particular property. Machine-based resource discovery relies on crawling, clustering, and
classifying resources discovered on the Web automatically. Resources are organized with
respect to metadata that characterize their content (for data sources), their semantics (in
terms of ontological classes and relationships), their characteristics (syntactical
properties), their performance (with metrics and benchmarks), their quality (curation,
reliability, trust), etc. Resource discovery systems allow the expression of queries to
identify and locate resources that implement specific tasks.
The International Workshop on Resource Discovery aims at bringing together researchers,
developers, and practitioners to discuss research issues and experience in developing and
deploying concepts, applications, and solutions addressing various issues related to
resource discovery. Papers presenting either theoretical or applicative material are
expected. Because of the dynamic research and development effort towards supporting
resource discovery for the life sciences, we expect to receive many contributions in the
scope of this very exciting application domain. However, we encourage the submission of
generic solutions or the presentation of application experiences other than related to
life sciences.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):
- Service publication standards (UDDI, OWL-S, etc.)
- Web services
- BioMoby services
- Resource semantics
- Resource formats and metadata
- Resource metadata for efficient execution
- Data-centric Web services
- Domain ontologies for resources
- Metadata models for describing web resources
- Automatic extraction of metadata in particular with Web 2.0 tools (wikis, blogs...)
- Models for registration of resources
- Automatic registration of resources
- Resource indexing
- Visualization of resource metadata
- Query languages for resource discovery
- user-friendly interface for resource discovery
- Resource mining, discovering services on the Web
- Mobile web services
- Service discovery protocols
- Identification protocols that can distinguish between resources and metadata
- Interoperability-driven resource discovery
- Discovery for integration, composition, workflow, dataflow
- Metadata for resource mapping
- Dynamic service composition
- Service efficiency prediction
- QoS-based service discovery
- Resource relevance measures
- Semantics-driven resource discovery
- Discovery on the private (or invisible) web
Workshop information
--------------------
The workshop will take place in Linz, Austria from 24-26 November 2008. Please visit the
conference website for more information: http://www.iiwas.org/conferences/iiwas2008/.
Workshop key dates
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Submission deadline: July 1st
Acceptance notification: September 30th
Camera ready: October 15th
Maximum number of pages: 10 pages

Publication
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The workshop proceedings will published by the Austrian Computer Society (OCG) books@ocg.at series. We expect to invite selected papers to be extended for publication in a special issue of the International Journal of Web and Grid Services (IJWGS)
(www.inderscience.com/)

Workshop Chair
--------------
Zoe Lacroix, Arizona State University and Translational Genomics Research Institute, USA
Contact: zoe@iiwas.org

Program committee
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Bernd Amann, LIP6, Université de Pierre et Marie Curie, France
Marie-Dominique Devignes, INRIA Lorraine, LORIA, France
Juliana Freire, University of Utah, USA
Christine Froidevaux, LRI, Universite Paris-Sud (Orsay), France
Carole Goble, School of Computer Science, University of Manchester, UK
Daniela Grigori, Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin, France
Cartik Kothari, University of British Columbia, Canada
Phillip Lord, School of Computing Science, Newcastle University, UK
Bertram Ludascher, University of California, Davis, USA
Herve Menager, Institut Pasteur, France
Peter Mork, The MITRE Corporation, USA
Patricia Rodriguez-Tome, Center for Advanced Studies, CRS4, Italy
Malika Smail-Tabbone, LORIA and Universite Henri Poincare, France
Pierre Tuffery, INSERM & Universite Diderot (Paris 7), France
Maria-Esther Vidal, Universidad Simon Bolivar, Venezuela

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

12-14 November 2008, Sofia, Bulgaria

On behalf of the Conference Organizing Committee, we would like to
invite you to participate in Sofia 2008: Globalization and the
Management of Information Resources, 12-14 November 2008 hosted by The
School of Library & Information Management, Emporia State University,
Kansas, USA; the Department of Library and Information Sciences, St.
Kliment Ohridski❠University of Sofia, Sofia, Bulgaria; the University
of Kansas Libraries, Kansas, USA; Seton Hall University Library, New
Jersey, USA; James A. Michener Library, University of Northern
Colorado, Colorado, USA.

Sofia 2008 is part of an international conference series that has been
hosted in Kansas City, Kansas (1995), Warsaw, Poland (1997) and Sofia,
Bulgaria (2000, 2002, 2004, & 2006). The conference series is devoted
to interpreting trends, patterns of globalization and their effects on
the development of library services, and the development of information
infrastructure.

The conference themes this year are:

• Access to electronic networks
• Organization, classification and retrieval in a web environment
• Information industry & knowledge management
• Information literacy and lifelong learning
• Digital and virtual libraries
• Information architecture and knowledge management
• Information policy issues in an electronic environment
• Digital rights management (DRM)
• Education and training in a Web 2.0 environment
• Ethics and the right to access to information
Also, a special session is planned on the role of libraries in the
capture, access, preservation, and use of indigenous knowledge

Please send your submission of contact information, title and abstract
of no more than 500 words by MONDAY, 9 JUNE to the conference e-mail
address: sofia2008@emporia.edu. Notification of acceptance to the
program will be made by 30 JUNE, and to include the paper in the
published conference proceedings, the final copy is due by 15 OCTOBER.

Please note that all participants will pay registration. A small number
of stipends are available for East European colleagues to support
conference attendance. Preference will be given to those individuals
presenting papers or reports. For conference support please get in
touch with Dr. Alexander Dimchev. E-mail: dimchev_uni@abv.bg or
Dimchev@sclg.uni-sofia.bg.

Participation is also available for students in a special concurrent
poster session. Interested students should submit contact information,
poster title and a brief summary (150 words) to Ms. Perri Parise at
pparise@emporia.edu by 3 JUNE. Students will be notified of acceptance
by 24 JUNE.

More details about the conference can be found at
http://slim.emporia.edu/globenet/Sofia2008/index.htm. You may direct
questions to Rebecca Miller Banner, conference coordinator, at
sofia2008@emporia.edu.

We look forward to receiving your proposal and hope you’ll be able to
join us in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Cordially,
Chairs Herbert Achleitner and Alexander Dimchev

Herbert K. Achleitner, PhD
School of Library & Information Management
Emporia State University
Emporia, Kansas, USA
E-mail: hachleit@emporia.edu

Alexander Dimchev, PhD
Dean, Faculty of Philosophy
University of Sofia
Sofia, Bulgaria
dimchev_uni@abv.bg

The Future Landscape of Sexualities

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(deadline: June 20, 2008)

/thirdspace: a journal of feminist theory and culture/ invites contributions
for its forthcoming issue on ‘The Future Landscape of Sexualities.’
Recognizing the central role which discussions of sexuality, identity, and
culture have played in recent feminist scholarship, this issue will consider
how sexuality informs gendered identities, as well as nodes of power
including, race, class, ability, age, culture, nation, and religion. What
does the future hold for human sexualities and sexual identities? How might
current practices, assumptions, power relations, and identities shape these
future sexualities? What new forms might sexualities evolve into in the
future? How might these future sexualities transcend/reproduce current
definitions of, and ideologies concerning, sexuality and sexual identity?
Possible topics include:

· future utopic and dystopic sexualities


· role(s) of technologies (reproductive, virtual, synthetic) in the
evolution and expression of sexuality


· the evolution of sex work


· queer sexualities


· inversions and convergences of sexuality and identity (including
female masculinities and male femininities)


· the future of ‘normative’ masculinities and femininities


· sexualities and colour, sexualities and dis/ability, sexualities
and age


· depictions of future sexualities in fiction, film, music, and art

Papers that ground speculation about the future with historical analyses ofpast transitions in sexualities are also welcome.

We welcome submissions from a wide range of disciplinary and geographical perspectives. Submissions from researchers working within, or among, the disciplines of geography, sociology, literature, area studies, cultural studies, film/media studies, art, history, education, law, and women’s/gender studies are particularly encouraged.

We accept the submission of work from scholars of any rank or affiliation, and encourage submissions from emerging feminist scholars, including
graduate students.

All submissions to the journal must be submitted electronically through our online submission process. All submissions are peer-reviewed by established, senior feminist scholars. For more information on our publishing policies see:

http://www.thirdspace.ca/journal/about/editorialPolicies

To submit: Please follow our online submission process at
http://www.thirdspace.ca/journal/about/submissions

** Deadline: June 20, 2008 **

For more information, please contact us at info [at] thirdspace.ca

Cheers,
Jenea Tallentire
Chief co-editor, /thirdspace/
www.thirdspace.ca

CALL FOR PAPERS

In conjunction with iiWAS-2008 and MoMM-2008

http://voyager.ce.fit.ac.jp/conferences/bwcca2008/

Theme:

Communication networks of today are going through a rapid evolution. Different kinds of networks with different characteristics are emerging and they are integrating in heterogeneous networks. For these reasons, there are many interconnection problems which may occur at different levels in the hardware and software design of communicating entities and communication networks. These kinds of networks need to manage an increasing usage demand, provide support for a significant number of services, guarantee their QoS, and optimize the utilization of network resources. Therefore, architectures and algorithms in these networks become very complex and it seems imperative to focus on new models and methods as well as mechanisms, which can enable the network to perform adaptive behaviors.
The success of all-IP networking and wireless technology has changed the ways of living for the people around the world. The progress of electronic integration and wireless communications is going to pave the way to offer people the access to the wireless networks on the fly, based on which all electronic devices will be able to exchange the information with each other whenever necessary. Also, ubiquitous computing is an emerging field of research for computing paradigms in the 21st century. This emergence is the natural result of research and technological advances mainly in wireless communications, mobile computing and agent technologies. Supported by recent technological advances in low power wireless communications along with silicon integration of various functionalities such as sensing, communications, intelligence and actuations, ad-hoc networks and sensor networks are emerging as a critically important disruptive computer class based on a new platform, networking structure and interface that enable novel, low cost, high volume applications such as nuclear, biological and chemical attack detection and protection, home automation, battlefield surveillance and environmental monitoring.
The aim of this workshop is to present the innovative researches, and technologies as well as developments related to broadband networking, mobile networking and wireless communications. The workshop seeks original contributions in all relevant areas, including but not limited to the following topics.

Topics:
* Broadband Networks Applications
* High-speed Network Protocols
* Routing Algorithms
* Congestion Control
* Multimedia Communication and Applications
* WDM Networks
* Parallel and Distributed Algorithms
* P2P Systems
* Wireless Communication Protocols
* Wireless Communication Systems and Applications
* Wireless Networks Modeling
* Wireless Positioning and Tracking Systems
* Ubiquitous Computing Applications
* Lower Power Mobile Devices
* Mobile Ad Hoc Networking
* Mobile Agent Framework
* Mobility and Location Management
* Mobile Networking Applications
* Wireless Ad Hoc Networks
* Wireless Sensor Networks
* Wireless Ubiquitous Networks
* Network Security and Privacy
* Web Applications

Important Dates:

Submission due date: September 5, 2008
Notification of acceptance: October 5, 2008
Camera-ready paper due date: October 20, 2008
Workshop Dates: December 24-26, 2008

Submission Guidelines

The length of the paper should not exceed 10 pages. Papers must be formatted according to the guidelines of the Austrian Computer Society (to be found at http://www.ocg.at/activities/books/Richtlinien.pdf) Submitted papers will be carefully evaluated based on originality, significance, technical soundness, and clarity of exposition.
The papers should be submitted to Workshop Co-Chair Leonard Barolli (barolli@fit.ac.jp).

For any further questions or inquiries please contact Workshop Co-Chairs or PC-Chair:

Workshop Co-Chairs:

Leonard Barolli
Department of Information and Communication Engineering
Faculty of Information Engineering
Fukuoka Institute of technology (FIT)
3-30-1 Wajiro-Higashi, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka 811-0295 Japan
Tel: +81-92-606-4970
Fax: +81-92-606-0758
Email: barolli@fit.ac.jp

Arjan Durresi,
Department of Computer and Information Science
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
723 W. Michigan St., SL 280M
Indianapolis, IN 46202, USA
Tel: +1-317-274-8942
Fax: +1 317-274-9742
E-mail: durresi@cs.iupui.edu

Fatos Xhafa,
Department of Languages and Informatics Systems,
Polytechnic University of Catalonia
Campus Nord, Ed. Omega, C/Jordi Girona 1-3
08034 Barcelona, SPAIN
Tel: +34 93 413-7880
Fax: +34 93-413-7833
E-mail: fatos@lsi.upc.edu

PC Members:

Akio Koyama, Yamagata University, Japan
Jianhua Ma, Hosei University, Japan
Jelena Misic, University of Manitoba, Canada
Vojislav Misic, University of Manitoba, Canada
Runhe Huang, Hosei University, Japan
Irfan Awan, University of Bradford, UK
Hui-huang Hsu, Tamkang University, Taiwan
Muhammed Younas, Oxford Brookes University, UK
Raj Jain, Washington University in St. Louis, USA
Goutam Chakraborty, Iwate Prefectural University, Japan
Bhed Bahadur Bista, Iwate Prefectural University, Japan
Tomoya Enokido, Rissho University, Japan
Elhadi Shakshuki, Acadia Univiversity, Canada
David Taniar, Monash University, Australia
Timothy Shih, Tamkang Univ., Taiwan
Bijay Karki, Louisiana State University, USA
Hsiao-Chun Wu, Louisiana State University, USA
Vamsi Paruchuri, University of Central Arkansas, USA
Mukul Goyal, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, USA
Markus Aleksy, University of Mannheim, Germany
Takahiro Hara, Osaka University, Japan
Takuo Suganuma, Tohoku University, Japan
Jiandong Li, Xidian University, China
Wenny Rahayu, La Trobe University, Australia
Ismail Khalil Ibrahim, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
Fabio Postiglione, University of Salerno
Salvatore Loreto, Ericsson Research, Finland
Antonio Pescape', University of Naples, Italy
Maurizio Longo, University of Salerno, Italy
Giuseppe De Marco, Toyota Technological Institute, Japan

Web Chair:

Makoto Ikeda, Fukuoka Institute of Technology, Japan

CALL FOR PAPERS

November 24-26, 2008 Linz, Austria
http://twuc.mine.nu
The 3rd Workshop on Trustworthy Ubiquitous Computing (TwUC 2008) is held in
conjunction with IIWAS 2008, November 24-26, 2008, in Linz, Austria.
Ubiquitous applications are getting more and more to the market these days. In
spite of many applications and projects in the area of ubiquitous and pervasive
computing the success of this technologies and the acceptance from the user is
still low resulting from missing trust into computing systems introduced into
our real world.

TwUC was established to provide a forum to scientists, engineers and industry
to address recent research results, to present and discuss their ideas,
theories, technologies, systems, tools, applications, work in progress and
experiences on all theoretical and practical issues and to elaborate about the
research areas of security, reliability and privacy which build the basis for
creating trustworthy interfaces and computing environments for people
interacting in ubiquitous environments.

TOPICS OF INTEREST
The conference program will include invited talks, peer reviewed full papers
around but not limited to the following topics:

- Security in ubiquitous computing environments
- security issues and technologies
- usage policies
- identity and access
- threat and vulnerability
- malicious software in ubiquitous environments
- integrity
- trusted computing
- trusting platforms
- Reliability in ubiquitous computing environments
- software design
- software quality and metrics
- user perceived QoS
- Methods and concepts to enhance and ensure availability
- Privacy in ubiquitous computing environments
- issues and appliances on privacy in ubiquitous computing environments
- data and information ownership and souvereignity of social and technical
methods for ensuring confidentiality
- Usability in ubiquitous computing environments
- Designing the user interface in ubiquitous environments
- Designing Interaction for ubiquitous appliances
- Usability Evaluation Methods in ubiquitous environments

IMPORTANT DATES
September 1, 2008 Paper submission
October 1, 2008 Acceptance Notification
October 15, 2008 Camera-Ready Papers
November 24-26,2008 TwUC 2008 Workshop

PUBLICATION
All accepted conference papers will be published in the Austrian Computer
Society book series. Distinguished papers, after further revisions, will be
published in selected journals. For a detailed list of journals please visit our
website http://twuc.mine.nu < http://twuc.mine.nu/>

SUBMISSION
The TwUC2008 workshop solicits full and short research papers. For detailed
information concerning the submission please visit our website
http://twuc.mine.nu

PROGRAM COMMITTEE
Agustinus Borgy Waluyo, Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore
Elizabeth Chang, Curtin University of Technology, Australia
Jingde Cheng, Saitama University, Japan
Thomas Grill, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
Andreas Holzinger, Medical University Graz, Austria
Karin Hummel, Vienna University, Austria
Maria Indrawan, Monash University, Australia/li>
Qun Jin, Waseda University, Japan
Okbar Kazar, Biskra University, Algeria
Gabriela Kotsis, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
Abdelmajid Khelil, Technical University Darmstadt, Germany
Rene Mayrhofer, Lancaster University, UK
Anirban Mondal, University of Tokyo, Japan
Birgitta Koenig-Ries, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany
Jianhua Ma, Hosei University, Japan
Bettina Thurnher, University of Liechtenstein, Liechtenstein
Manfred Tscheligi, University of Salzburg, Austria
Edgar Weippl, Secure Business Austria, Austria
Muhammad Younas, Oxford Brookes University, UK

CONTACT
Thomas Grill
Department of Telecooperation
Johannes Kepler University Linz
Altenberger Str. 69 4040 Linz, Austria

Call for Presenters for GLLS2008!

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Second annual ALA TechSource Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium, which will take place on November 2-4, 2008, in Oak Brook, IL (a western suburb of Chicago).

General info at http://www.techsource.ala.org/blog/2008/05/call-for-presenters-for-glls2008.html

Submission information found at http://gaming.techsource.ala.org/index.php/Call_for_Presenters

The deadline for submitting proposals to present is June 15, 2008. We'll notify you by July 1, 2008, if your proposal has been selected or not. If multiple folks submit proposals for the same topic, we reserve the right to ask you to work together on a session due to the limited number of slots available. We only have two days' worth of symposium, and time flies when you're having fun!

Presentations will be limited to 45 minutes, so please make sure you can cover your topic in that amount of time. We wish we could let all of you speak for as long as you need, but again, we only have so many slots.

ALA makes no ownership claims on materials submitted for the 2008 Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium. We expect to make all presentations selected for the Symposium available on this site after the event under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 License. Please submit a proposal to present only if you are willing to agree to this license.

We also hope to do some podcasts with presenters during the Symposium, so please be prepared to be asked to do this. If you really don't like doing audio, we'll be happy to interview you in a different medium (print or video, most likely).

First consideration will go to session topics that are unique, innovative, or otherwise new to our profession. Please be sure to note in your description why your topic/project is different from other ones.

We are tentatively scheduling three tracks for Monday, November 3, 2008. They are research on gaming and libraries, gaming and literacy, and going beyond videogames. These tracks may change, though, especially in light of submitted proposals. To suggest additional themes, please send your ideas to Jenny Levine at jlevine [at] ala.org .

Please use the template below to submit your proposal to present. If you don't include all of the information, we may or may not have time to pester you for the rest of it, which could adversely affect your status in the selection process. In other words, please include all of the information the first time so that we can guarantee your proposal will be considered from the beginning!

Potential Topics of Interest

Suggestions from readers, but feel free to submit beyond these topics

Designing games
Gaming industry perspectives and how to work together
Gaming and accessibility
Assessment and evaluation of gaming programs

International Conference on Computers in Education

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The paper submission deadline is extended to May 15, 2008. Other types of presentations have later dates.

Call for Papers

The 16th International Conference on Computers in Education ICCE 2008

27-31, October, 2008
Taipei, Taiwan

Organized by the Asia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education
Hosted by the National Science and Technology Program of eLearning, Taiwan
http://www.apsce.net/icce2008/

Building & Cross-Fertilizing Theme-Based Research Communities


Digital technology is the biggest thrust to change education in this century. Despite being a slow process, technology will ultimately change every aspect of education. In this rapidly growing and by nature interdisciplinary field, research interests are swiftly diverging.
Innovative pedagogy design, rigorous scientific studies, and care and concern for humanity are all within our research realm.

In response to this emerging diversity, ICCE2008 will be a meta-conference – a conference of multiple, collocated theme-based conferences. On one hand, nurturing theme-based research communities will enhance the identity or sense of belonging of individual researchers in these thematic communities and help cultivate prospective Special Interest Groups in the Asia-Pacific region. On the other hand, animated exchanges among these collocated thematic communities will inspire new research and, more importantly, foster research openness – broadmindedness and mutual-appreciation for scholarly work in different research foci. Moreover, for cultural and geographical reasons, there is a need to connect Asia-Pacific researchers effectively with the worldwide research communities, which are usually associated with some established international conferences. With these aims, ICCE2008 will include the following collocated theme-based conferences:

C1: ICCE Conference on AIED/ITS & Adaptive Learning
C2: ICCE Conference on CSCL & Learning Sciences
C3: ICCE Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, Open Contents, & Standards
C4: ICCE Conference on CUMTEL & DIGITEL
C5: ICCE Conference on Emerging Research in Technology Enhanced Learning

(Note: CUMTEL stands for Classroom, Ubiquitous, and Mobile
Technologies Enhanced Learning; DIGITEL for DIgital Game and Intelligent Toy Enhanced Learning.)
Each theme-based conference is an independent event in the sense that it has its program committee and program chairs.
Also, every theme-based conference program committee is responsible for calling for proposals and organizing their theme related workshops and tutorials.


PROGRAM STRUCTURE (provisional)
ICCE2008 will be a 5-day program. A possible example of the program will be:
1st & 2nd days:
(a) Main programs of AIED/ITS, CUMTEL/DIGITEL
(b) Workshops, tutorials, and interactive events of CSCL/LS, ALT/Contents/Standards, and Emerging Research
3rd day:
Plenary sessions such as keynotes, panels, and posters
4th & 5th days:
(a) Main programs of CSCL/LS, ALT/Contents/Standards, and Emerging Research
(b) Workshops, tutorials, and interactive events of AIED/ITS, CUMTEL/DIGITEL

(The 3rd day provides opportunities for exchanges among different research communities represented by these theme-based conferences.)

COMMITTEES
Conference Chair: Yoneo Yano, Tokushima University, Japan

Program Coordination Committee
Chair: Tak-Wai Chan, National Central University, Taiwan
Poster Coordination Chairs: (Fong-Lok Lee, another one to be decided)
Workshop/Tutorial/Interactive-Event Coordination Chairs: (Ben Chang, Chen-Chung Liu, Jon Mason,
Hyo-Jeong So)
Doctorial Student Consortium Chairs: (Yoneo Yano, Fu-Yun Yu, another one to be decided)
Theme-Based Conferences Chairs (see below)
Organization Committee Chairs (see below)
Implementation Committee Chairs (see below)

Organization Committee:
Chair: Kuo-En Chang, National Science Council, Taiwan
Chair: Gwo-Dong Chen, National Science & Technology Program of eLearning, Taiwan
Vice-Chair: Jie-Chi Yang, National Central University, Taiwan

Implementation Committee:
Chair: Yao-Ting Sung, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan
Chair: Gwo-Jen Hwang, National University of Tainan, Taiwan
Vice-Chair: Jie-Chi Yang, National Central University, Taiwan

Theme-Based Conferences Program Co-Chairs:
Organization Committee:
Chair: Kuo-En Chang, National Science Council, Taiwan
Chair: Gwo-Dong Chen, National Science & Technology Program of eLearning, Taiwan
Vice-Chair: Jie-Chi Yang, National Central University, Taiwan

Implementation Committee:
Chair: Yao-Ting Sung, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan
Chair: Gwo-Jen Hwang, National University of Tainan, Taiwan
Vice-Chair: Jie-Chi Yang, National Central University, Taiwan

Theme-Based Conferences Program Co-Chairs:
1. ICCE Conference on AIED/ITS and Adaptive Learning (Sherry Chen, Tanja Mitrovic, Riichiro Mizoguchi)
2. ICCE Conference on CSCL & Learning Sciences(Fei-Ching Chen, Chee-Kit Looi, Daniel Suthers)
3. ICCE Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, Open Contents, & Standards (Fanny Klett,
Stephen J.H. Yang, Kiyoshi Nakabayashi)
4. ICCE Conference on CUMTEL & DIGITEL (Gautam Biswas, Tak-Wai Chan, Kinshuk)
5. ICCE Conference on Emerging Research in Technology Enhanced Learning (Chien Chou, Michael
Jacobson, & Peter Reimann)

Important submission dates:

Conference Papers May15, 2008 (extended)
Workshop Proposals June 15, 2008
Workshop Papers Aug. 15, 2008
Tutorial Proposals Aug. 1, 2008
Doctor Student Consortium Papers Aug. 1, 2008
Panel Proposals Aug 1, 2008
Interactive Sessions Proposals Aug. 1, 2008

ACRL 14th National Conference

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The deadline for proposals for ACRL 14th National Conference contributed papers, panel sessions, preconferences, and workshops is Monday, May 12, 2008.

The ACRL 14th National Conference, to be held in Seattle, March 12-15, 2009, will offer a forum for an exciting and energizing exchange of ideas on research, practices, developments, and visions in the field of academic and research librarianship. The conference theme, "Pushing the Edge: Explore, Engage, Extend," reflects the promise and the challenge of the Northwest. The ACRL National Conference Executive Committee invites submitters to send their edgiest, most "out-there" proposals, to help make ACRL 2009 a truly groundbreaking conference.

Proposals are sought for a variety of formats including contributed papers, panel sessions, preconferences, workshops, poster sessions, and roundtable discussions. Deadlines for proposal submissions are as follows:

• May 12, 2008 - Contributed papers, panel sessions, preconferences, and workshops

• October 20, 2008 - Poster sessions

• November 23, 2008 - Roundtable discussions

Full text of the Call for Participation is available online at www.acrl.org/seattle (Click "Proposals").


Complete details about the conference are online at www.acrl.org/seattle. Questions about the call for presentation and the 14th ACRL National Conference should be directed to Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org, or by phone at 312-280-2522.

Expanding Literacy Studies

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Expanding Literacy Studies is an International, Interdisciplinary Conference for Graduate Students to be held April 3-5, 2009, at The Ohio State University.

Literacy Studies is a recent construct. At the same time, it addresses long-standing questions and concerns within and across disciplines. But what is literacy? Who is studying it? And how is it being studied?

Literacy is traditionally defined as reading and writing. Contemporary constructs, however, include everything from cyber and health literacy to mathematical and visual literacy. The potential advance this broadened view might represent is complicated by historical myths about literacy, persistent fears about declines in literacy, and failure to connect literacy research across disciplines.

Addressing the need for an expanded conversation about literacy that exceeds disciplinary boundaries, this conference is a space for graduate and professional students from all fields to ask questions, consider directions, examine representations, make connections, and share investigations of literacy, broadly defined. This conference aims to expand the dialogue and explore the landscape and intersections of literacy studies as a framework of critical investigation. This approach is meant to do the double work of expanding the field while critiquing the expansion. To that end, we invite proposals from graduate and professional students in ALL fields.

POSSIBLE TOPICS AND POINTS OF ENTRY:

health literacy
literacy and technology
visual literacy
representations of literacy
definitions of literacy
law and literacy
art literacy
uses and abuses of literacy
motivations for literacy
symbol systems
the sociology of literacy
the teaching of literacy
reading and writing
literacy and science
performances of literacy
literacy and popular culture
the future of literacy
histories of literacy
intersections of literacy
production and consumption of texts
multiple literacies
the literacy myth
literacy and social change
sites of literacy
literacy in communities
work literacy

WAYS TO PARTICIPATE:

Facilitate a Roundtable Conversation
Lead an Interactive Workshop
Present a Creative Performance or Work of Art
Participate on a Panel (present a paper or discuss a poster)
Serve as a Discussant on a Panel of Presentations
Share and Discuss Your Research in a Dissertation Workshop

WAYS TO COLLABORATE:

To facilitate cross-discipline and cross-institutional collaboration on proposals, we will begin posting requests for collaborators on the conference website immediately. Visit the site to connect with people who have submitted requests and/or submit your own request for collaborators. Please include a description of the topic and format (presentation, performance, workshop, etc.) you are interested in collaborating on, along with your contact information.


CONFERENCE SPECIAL FEATURES:

Keynote Panel: “Responses to The Literacy Myth: 30 Years Later”
In honor of the 30th Anniversary of the publication of The Literacy Myth: Literacy and Social Structure in the Nineteenth Century, author Harvey J. Graff will discuss "the literacy myth" past, present, and future with a panel of graduate students from various disciplines. Graff is currently Ohio Eminent Scholar in Literacy Studies and Professor of English and History at The Ohio State University.
Other Plenary Sessions To Be Announced

DEADLINE:

We will begin reviewing conference proposals September 1, 2008.

Proposals will not be accepted after October 15, 2008.


To learn more about the conference and to submit proposals, please go to http://literacystudies.osu.edu/conference.

This conference is sponsored by Literacy Studies @ The Ohio State University.

Teaching the Body

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Deadline: 1 June 2008

The editors of Transformations, a peer-reviewed journal, seek pedagogical
articles (5,000 ­ 10,000 words) and pedagogical media reviews (books,
film, video, performance, art, music, etc. ­ 3,000 to 5,000 words) that
explore the body in a variety of pedagogical contexts and from diverse
disciplinary perspectives—literature, science, women’s and gender studies,
anthropology, folklore, history, psychology, sociology, art, photography,
geography, religion, cultural studies, working-class studies, ethnic
studies, disability studies, age studies, narrative medicine. and others.

Topics might include: the body in global and transnational contexts; the
culture of self-help; environmental issues; im/migration and transnational
labor; body rituals and body modification (from tattooing and piercing to
cosmetic surgery); reproductive rights; transgender, intersex, and queer
bodies; bodies and sports; bodies and religion; military bodies;
disciplining the bodies; imprisoned bodies; body economics; bodily
knowledge; the body in virtual spaces; students as bodies; language of
genetics in discussion of bodies; bodies as biological entities; bionic
bodies; online communities (icons and avatars).

Send a hard copy in MLA format (6th ed.): Jacqueline Ellis and Edvige
Giunta, Editors, Transformations, New Jersey City University, Hepburn Hall
Room 309, 2039 Kennedy Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ 07305 OR email
submissions and inquiries to: transformations@njcu.edu. Email submissions
should be sent as attachments in MS Word or Rich Text format. For
submission guidelines go to www.njcu.edu/assoc/transformations.
Published semi-annually by New Jersey City University

CALL FOR PAPERS

We invite papers for a one-day symposium on the global sexually explicit
imagery on 30 September 2008, in Athens.

The symposium is intended as a forum that will explore the ways in which the
sexually explicit imagery is socialised through technological, political
economic, cultural and other processes. The symposium aims at bringing
together scholars working on the broader field of pornography in order to
explore, analyse and articulate the need to review and revisit academic,
political and cultural understandings of pornography and analyse law and
policy based responses to its changing nature, as a global media industry, a
form of cultural product with global reach and power to shape meaning and
values, as well as an actor affecting public policy. The symposium aims to
facilitate the possibility for collaborative research agendas and policy
analysis and intervention and is organised within the framework of the
British Academy funded project, managed by Katharine Sarikakis (University
of Leeds) and Liza Tsaliki (University of Athens).

We welcome contributions from scholars from around the world and various
backgrounds (political science, media and cultural studies, sociology,
anthropology, gender studies etc.). We are interested in papers that involve
theoretical, empirical work or work in progress, comparative or case
studies, meta-analytical as well as speculative approaches.

Topics can address a number of areas, including:

-socialisation of youth through porn and porn-defined popular culture and
genres (. pornorap; suggestive advertising etc) -political economic
dimensions of the global pornography industry: labour conditions,; mergers,
new geographies of production and consumption

- intellectual property and control over image/profits related issues

- processes of mainstreaming of pornography: tactics, strategies, channels,
profits, connection to mainstream media and culture

- conditions of production and consumption and impact on citizenship and
democracy

- links to the broader sex industry: human trafficking, sexual slavery,
human vulnerability and prostitution, sex clubs etc

- policies and laws on ANY of the aforementioned issues as linked to the
production and consumption of the sexually explicit imagery/pornography in
national and global contexts -theoretical/analytical interventions on terms,
conceptualization of problematique, frameworks of policy and law
-possibilities, strategies and practices of resisting the spread, impact and
effects of the pornography industry -women's and children's position in the
context of global imagery trade; class and gender, technology and power

Please send a 500 word abstract and a short biographical note, accompanied
by contact details and affiliation by 20 May 2008 to Dr. Katharine
Sarikakis, Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds
(k.sarikakis@leeds.ac.uk ), and Dr Liza Tsaliki, Faculty of Communication
and Media Studies, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
(etsaliki@media.uoa.gr).


There are limited places for this symposium.

Symposium fees: 80 Euros.

The symposium is organised by the Faculty of Communication and Media
Studies, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the Centre for
International Communications Research at the Institute of Communication
Studies, University of Leeds, UK

2008 GSIS – GSA Topical Session

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Call for Abstracts: 2008 GSIS – GSA Topical Session
Submission Deadline: June 3, 2008

Abstracts are currently being accepted for the Geoscience Information Society's (GSIS) oral and poster topical sessions of this year’s Geological Society of America meeting in Houston, Texas October 5-9, 2008. https://www.acsmeetings.org/2008/
Abstracts for oral, poster, or both can be submitted online at http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2008AM/index.epl

2008 Oral Session Theme:

T198: “Libraries in Transformation: Exploring Topics of Changing Practices and New Technologies"

How Geoscience information is created, disseminated, organized, accessed, used and archived is rapidly changing. This session will discuss the practical, theoretical and technological way in which libraries have “transformed” in response to this change?

Questions to consider:

How are data issues in the Geosciences being addressed?
What new technologies will help libraries organize data better?
How are print archives of books, maps, and journals being preserved and made accessible in new ways?
Do electronic databases and digital sources change the teaching, learning, and understanding of information?
How are researchers and information seekers adapting to the changing practices of the Geoscience library?
How has your library transformed itself to stay in touch with your users needs?

2008 Posters Session Theme:

T199: “Moving Mountains: Data Mining and Digital Repositories in the Geosciences”

Researchers in the Geosciences are continuously uncovering important discoveries in their quest toward understanding our planet. We address the issues of storing and accessing the vast amounts of information from the past, present, and future.

Examples of efforts include the creation of an institutional repository; the digitization of archives and journals, books, maps; the management of data sets and/or GIS information; the mining of digital libraries, databases and web pages; or the reuse/recycling of Geoscience data for new research and learning.

Collection Management (CM), a journal from Taylor and Francis (formerly Haworth) has launched a new column called TechCast and is seeking submissions for upcoming issues.

TechCast highlights software or web applications librarians use for any aspect of collection management including, but not limited to: selection/deselection, acquisition, creation, promotion, or analysis. Submissions should focus on new tools and practices for collection management, or on creative ways of using existing tools and practices.

Articles may take the form of reviews/comparisons, critiques, opinion pieces, or case studies and may be as short as 1,000 words or as long as 5,000. Recent articles have been on topics such as WorldCat Analysis Tool, and Flickr.

To propose a topic for the TechCast column, please send your name, title, affiliation and a 100-200 word abstract to: cmtechcast@gmail.com

If you have questions about the column, contact
TechCast editor, Margaret Mellinger at cmtechcast@gmail.com

For more information on Collection Management, please see the journal's home page at http://haworthpress.com/store/product.asp?sku=J105

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