September 2010 Archives


Editors: Jamie Campbell Naidoo, Ph.D. and Sarah Park, Ph.D.

Tentative Title: Sliding Doors in a Pluralistic Society: Critical Approaches to and Intercultural Perspectives on Diversity in Contemporary Literature for Children and Young Adults

Publisher: ALA Editions

Youth deserve to encounter authentic and accurate representations of their cultures in books, libraries, and classrooms. Twenty-first century librarians and educators can be poised to meet the informational, recreational, and cultural needs of youth by providing high-quality children's and young adult literature and literacy activities that reflect the culturally pluralistic society of the United States.

For our edited volume, we seek chapters that address the growing demands of school media specialists, public youth librarians, classroom teachers, and other educators for information on selecting materials and creating literacy and library programs to meet the needs of children and young adults in our culturally pluralistic society. We define diversity not only in terms of race and culture, but also in age, ability, religious preferences, family composition, and so on. By providing new critical and intercultural approaches to diversity in contemporary literature for children and young adults, this book will provide theoretical frameworks that consider the over-arching issues which continue to expand and break boundaries in youth literature. These approaches can assist librarians and other educators in choosing, evaluating, and selecting quality children's and YA literature and using it to meet the literacy (informational, reading, cultural, etc.) needs of the increasingly di!
 verse youth population in U.S libraries, classrooms, and homes. As well, the critical and intercultural approaches can help educators situate the books in their socio-political contexts in order to consider how the books may meet the social needs of youth. Finally, the title will provide ideas and examples of successful library and literacy programs that incorporate diverse children's literature to meet the informational and recreational needs of all children and young adults.

We seek current and timely chapters on the following topics (each bullet represents a separate chapter):

• Literature review of studies from various disciplines related to the topics of cultural diversity, cultural pluralism, cultural literacy, diversity, etc. as presented in children's and young adult literature.
• Understanding the politics and key concerns in selecting, analyzing, and using diverse literature for children and young adults.
• Creating a working conceptualization of diversity that can be used with children and young adults to foster intercultural understanding and prepare young minds for interacting in the culturally pluralistic society of the U.S.
• Critical Perspectives in Contemporary Children's and Young Adult Literature Representing African American People and Cultures.
• Critical Perspectives in Contemporary Children's and Young Adult Literature Representing Latino People and Cultures
• Critical Perspectives in Contemporary Children's and Young Adult Literature Representing Asian American People and Cultures
• Critical Perspectives in Contemporary Children's and Young Adult Literature Representing Indigenous People and Cultures
• Critical Perspectives in Contemporary Children's and Young Adult Literature Representing Multiracial or Transnational Youth
• Critical Perspectives in Contemporary Children's and Young Adult Literature Describing Characters with Cognitive Dis/Abilities
• Critical Perspectives in Contemporary Children's and Young Adult Literature Describing Characters with Physical Dis/Abilities
• Critical Perspectives in Contemporary Children's and Young Adult Literature Representing Religious Affiliations.
• Critical Perspectives in Contemporary Young Adult Literature Depicting Incarcerated Youth
• Critical Perspectives in Contemporary Children's and Young Adult Literature Depicting Homelessness
• Critical Perspectives in Contemporary Children's and Young Adult Literature Describing Transnational Adoptions
• Critical Perspectives in Contemporary Children's Books Depicting Gender Variance and Queer Families and Characters

Other Guidelines: Each chapter must be under 4,000 words, inclusive of all bibliographies and notes. The author(s) should include information about selecting books representing the cultural group, descriptions of "good" and "bad" books, and programming ideas/ strategies that have been tested with children and young adults in classroom and library settings. Chapters should be formatted according the Chicago Manual of Style.

Deadlines: If you are interested in contributing to this edited work, please send a proposal (approximately 500 words) by November 1, 2010, which outlines how you would address the topics in one of the aforementioned chapters. Proposals should include your name, affiliation, email, and phone number along with a current 2-page CV highlighting relevant publications related to your chapter. We will notify selected authors of our decisions by November 15, 2010.  Completed chapters are due by May 30, 2011.
Please send proposals by November 1st to with "Chapter Proposal" in the subject heading.

Questions? Contact us at

Jamie Campbell Naidoo, Ph.D.
Assistant & Foster-EBSCO Endowed Professor
School of Library & Information Studies
University of Alabama
513 Gorgas Library  - Box 870252
Tuscaloosa,  AL 35487-0252
Phone: (205) 348-1518
Fax: (205) 348-3746

Celebrate Latino Children's Literature & Literacy at the National Latino Children's Literature Conference on April 23-24, 2010. For more information, visit

Archiving 2010

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IS&T is pleased to announce the Archiving 2011 Call for Papers.  
The deadline for submitting presentation abstracts for Archiving 2011 to be held May 16-19, 2011 in Salt Lake City, Utah, is October 17, 2010.  A PDF of the Call for Papers can be found at <> .

The IS&T Archiving Conference brings together a unique community of imaging novices and experts from libraries, archives, records management, and information technology institutions to discuss and explore the expanding field of digital archiving and preservation. Attendees from around the world represent industry, academia, governments, and cultural heritage institutions. The conference presents the latest research results on archiving, provides a forum to explore new strategies and policies, and reports on successful projects that can serve as benchmarks in the field. Archiving 2011 is a blend of invited focal papers, keynote talks, and refereed oral and interactive display presentations. Prospective authors are invited to submit oral and interactive presentations by the October 17th deadline.
Proposed program topics include:
·         Preservation of and Access to Digital Assets
  • Strategies and tools for dealing with file format obsolescence
  • Metadata for preservation and discovery
  • Collaboration and cooperatives in digital preservation
  • Digital curation micro-services and modularity
  • Design, development, audio and certification of trusted repositories
·         Technical Processes: Imaging, Metadata Creation, Workflow
  • Effective imaging methodologies & processes
  • Indexing items for specialized audiences
  • Crowd-sourcing metadata creation
  • Archival file formats and compression
  • Color management in capture and display
·         Digital Curation
  • Prioritizing collections for digital archiving
  • Intellectual property rights management
  • Models for funding and sustaining digital collections
  • Digital curation education and training
  • Content authentication of digital assets
Please feel free to contact me with any questions. We hope to see you there.

Best regards,

Diana Gonzalez
IS&T Conference Program Manager
703/642-9090 x 106

Call for Use Cases: Library Linked Data

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 W3C Library Linked Data Incubator Group -

Call for Use Cases: Library Linked Data

Are you currently using linked data technology [1] for library-related data, or
considering doing it in the near future? If so, please tell us more by filling
in the questionnaire below and sending it back to us or to,
preferably before October 15th, 2010.

The information you provide will be influential in guiding the activities the
Library Linked Data Incubator Group will undertake to help increase global
interoperability of library data on the Web. The information you provide will
be curated and published on the group wikispace at [3].

We understand that your time is precious, so please don't feel you have to
answer every question. Some sections of the templates are clearly marked as
optional. However, the more information you can provide, the easier it will be
for the Incubator Group to understand your case. And, of course, please do not
hesitate to contact us if you have any trouble answering our questions.
Editorial guidance on specific points is provided at [2], and examples are
available at [3].

We are particularly interested in use cases describing the use of library
linked data for end-user oriented applications. However, we're not ruling
anything out at this stage, and the Incubator Group will carefully consider
all submissions we receive.

On behalf of the Incubator Group, thanks in advance for your time,

Emmanuelle Bermes (, Alexander Haffner (,
Antoine Isaac ( and Jodi Schneider (



=== Name ===

A short name by which we can refer to the use case in discussions.

=== Owner ===

The contact person for this use case.

=== Background and Current Practice ===

Where this use case takes place in a specific domain, and so requires some prior
information to understand, this section is used to describe that domain. As far
as possible, please put explanation of the domain in here, to keep the scenario
as short as possible. If this scenario is best illustrated by showing how applying
technology could replace current existing practice, then this section can be used
to describe the current practice. Often, the key to why a use case is important
also lies in what problem would occur if it was not achieved, or what problem
means it is hard to achieve.

=== Goal ===

Two short statements stating (1) what is achieved in the scenario without
reference to linked data, and (2) how we use linked data technology to achieve
this goal.

=== Target Audience ===

The main audience of your case. For example scholars, the general public, service
providers, archivists, computer programs...

=== Use Case Scenario ===

The use case scenario itself, described as a story in which actors interact with
systems. This section should focus on the user needs in this scenario. Do not
mention technical aspects and/or the use of linked data.

=== Application of linked data for the given use case ===

This section describes how linked data technology could be used to support the
use case above. Try to focus on linked data on an abstract level, without
mentioning concrete applications and/or vocabularies. Hint: Nothing library
domain specific.

=== Existing Work (optional) ===

This section is used to refer to existing technologies or approaches which achieve
the use case (Hint: Specific approaches in the library domain). It may especially
refer to running prototypes or applications.

=== Related Vocabularies (optional) ===

Here you can list and clarify the use of vocabularies (element sets and value
vocabularies) which can be helpful and applied within this context.

=== Problems and Limitations (optional) ===

This section lists reasons why this scenario is or may be difficult to achieve,
including pre-requisites which may not be met, technological obstacles etc. Please
explicitly list here the technical challenges made apparent by this use case. This
will aid in creating a roadmap to overcome those challenges.

=== Related Use Cases and Unanticipated Uses (optional) ===

The scenario above describes a particular case of using linked data. However, by
allowing this scenario to take place, the likely solution allows for other use
cases. This section captures unanticipated uses of the same system apparent in the
use case scenario.

=== References (optional) ===

This section is used to refer to cited literature and quoted websites.

Managing in the Middle: The Librarian's Handbook

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Request for Proposals
Publication Title:  Managing in the Middle: The Librarian's Handbook
Publisher:  American Library Association (Fall 2011)
Editors: Robert Farrell and Kenneth Schlesinger (Leonard Lief Library, Lehman College, CUNY)
Scope:  This "grab and go" volume for ALA's Librarian's Handbook series seeks brief, real world articles of use to mid-level managers in academic and public libraries. 
Topic and Audience:  Top-level library managers, responding to contemporary trends, are increasingly delegating responsibilities to those in the middle, demanding innovation and entrepreneurial creativity, as well as accountability and day-to-day coordination of staff and services.  Today's mid-level managers face a variety of new supervisory challenges.  Of the roughly 70,000 academic and public librarians, about a third find themselves "managing in the middle" reporting to top-level managers while supervising teams of peers or support staff.  Our target audiences are current mid-level library managers, new librarians assuming these roles, and library management students looking for grounded insight into the administrative issues they'll soon be facing.

Authors:  We invite essays from those who know the realities of the job best:  those managing in the middle.  We also seek perspectives from management experts, former mid-level managers, scholars, nascent supervisors, top-level managers, as well as librarians and paraprofessionals who have been "middle managed"  A variety of formats are encouraged:  "how to," interviews with practitioners, case studies, illuminating anecdotes, brief tips, theory in practice pieces, rants and confessionals, annotated bibliographies, etc.

Some possible themes for consideration include:
� middle manager as leader and entrepreneur
� management expectations of midddle managers
� "sandwich effect� getting it from above and below
� real world applications of leadership principles and management techniques
� developing reflective management practices
� project management:  best practices and skills, challenges and successes
� managing the top-level manager
� supervising administrative units and  empowering work teams
� risk taking and learning from failure
� both sides now:  conflict resolution from the middle
� communicating and listening in the middle
� recruiting, training, retaining
� building trust and morale
� coaching, facilitating, mentoring
� goal setting and annual evaluations
� nightmare bosses and problem employees
� creative problem solving:  achieving  the impossible
Please submit a one-page proposal (multiple ideas welcome) including a biographical sketch by November 1, 2010 to:  Brief e-mail queries or questions about the project are also welcome. Contributors will receive a free copy of the publication and discounts on subsequent copies.
For an archive of past messages from the ILI listserv, visit:

Library and Information Science Trends and Research: Europe

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Publisher: Emerald Library and Information Science Book Series

Book Editors:
Amanda Spink, Professor and Chair in Information Science, Loughborough University (UK)
Jannica Heinström, Associate Professor, Åbo Akademi, Finland

Proposal Submission Deadline: October 1, 2010
Accepted Full Chapters Due: February 1, 2011


Library and Information Science Trends and Research: Europe, co-edited by Professor Amanda Spink and Dr. Jannica Heinström seeks to provide an understanding of the new directions in library and information science/management trends, education and research in Europe.

Europe is a major economic region of the world with a growing population and economy. As the region has developed socially and economically in the last ten years, the field of library and information science and management has also grown in educational and research developments. In particular, there is considerable diversity throughout different European regions as information becomes part of people's everyday social and life processes.

The book seeks to present chapters by a range of scholars who discuss trends, education and research directions in library and information science/management in Europe. Chapters are sought that cover library and information science/management research, education and trend studies in policy, bibliometrics, user behaviour, educational issues and other aspects related to the field in Europe.

Professor Amanda Spink is Chair in Information Science at Loughborough University in the UK. Dr. Jannica Heinström is Associate Professor in the Department of Information Studies at Åbo Akademi University, Finland.


Potential contributors are invited to submit an abstract or a 1-2 page chapter proposal to the book Editors by October 1, 2010, detailing the background, motivations and structure of the proposed chapter. Authors will be notified in short order as to the status of their proposal and sent organizational guidelines.

Full chapters should be at least 8,000-9,000 words in length and are due by February 1, 2011. Final revised manuscripts are due on April 1, 2011 for a publication date later in 2011.


Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically to both:
Professor Amanda Spink ­
Dr. Jannica Heinström ­

African American Archives Fellow

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The HistoryMakers is pleased to offer a year-long fellowship (June 6, 2011 through June 1, 2012) working in African American archives. This fellowship is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The purpose of this fellowship program is to provide training for African American archivists and other archivists interested in working with African American archival collections. The year will include a 3-month immersion training program at The HistoryMakers Chicago location (June 6 - August 26, 2010) and an on-site residency (September 6, 2010 - June 1, 2012) at one of the following host institutions:


§  Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, AL

§  Amistad Research Center at Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

§  Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture at College of Charleston, Charleston, SC

§  Franklin Library at Fisk University, Nashville, TN

§  The HistoryMakers, Chicago, IL

§  Maryland State Archives, Annapolis, MD

§  Mayme Clayton Library and Museum, Culver City, CA

§  Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library at Princeton University, Princeton, NJ




All applicants must:

§  Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

§  Hold a recent graduate degree in library science from an ALA accredited school (current graduate students are encouraged to apply if their degrees will be completed prior to beginning the fellowship).

§  Have a demonstrated interest in archives administration and management. Applicants must have taken at least two courses related to archival information and practice.

§  Have a demonstrated interest in African American history. This interest can be demonstrated through academic coursework, volunteer or work experience, and/or through a personal statement in application essay.

§  Have a GPA of 3.50 or higher.





During the immersion training program, fellows will receive training in arrangement, description, preservation, reference, and outreach for collections of African American archival materials.  Fellows will process collections and create EAD and EAC-CPF finding aids and will learn to appropriately utilize Brown’s Subject Headings in addition to Library of Congress Subject Headings to provide access points to African American materials in print, video, and electronic resources.  Fellows will attend lectures presented by African American scholars and representatives from other African American archival repositories. The purpose of these lectures is for fellows to gain a deeper understanding of African American history. Fellows will also take field trips to Chicago-area African American collections. 


During the on-site residency period, fellows will utilize knowledge and skills gained during their immersion training to process African American collections.  Fellows will be required to organize a public program/community outreach event(lecture, exhibit, etc.) while in residency at their host institution. They will also be expected to give presentations on their education and career choice to other students at the high school and undergraduate levels. Fellows will also be required to keep a log of their experiences and progress throughout the fellowship. Fellows will also be strongly encouraged to submit papers for presentation at professional conferences such as ALA, SAA, MAC etc.








Lodging arrangements during the training institute and during residency at host institution are the responsibility of the fellow.  Applicants will be provided with information on local housing options upon acceptance to the program.




All applicants should submit the following:

§  Cover letter stating their interest in the internship and future career goals (please include an email address and a daytime telephone number). They should also rank their choicef of host institution placement from 1 through 8 (one being the first choice).  They may also explain their choices, if they wish.

§  Essay or written statement (2,000 words or less) addressing one or all of the following:

§  their interest in African American history and archival collections;

§  their view on the importance of increasing diversity in the archival profession; and/or,

§  the importance of this fellowship to their future career.

§  Resume or CV indicating their academic background, work experience, and volunteer service.

§  Undergraduate and graduate transcript. They should also include a printout of classes in which they are currently enrolled, if applicable.

§  Three letters of recommendation.


Emily Martorano

2011-2012 Archive Fellowship Program

The HistoryMakers

1900 S. Michigan Ave

Chicago, IL 60616


2010 NMC Symposium for the Future

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Call for Proposals - Deadline September 15
2010 NMC Symposium for the Future
October 19 - 21, 2010, via the Internet

Proposals for presentations for the NMC Symposium for the Future, a special 3-day, live online event to be held October 19 - 21, 2010, are being solicited through Wednesday, September 15.

See for full details.

About the Symposium
The Symposium grows from the NMC's Emerging Technologies Initiative, which seeks to answer the question of how to keep abreast of emerging technologies that may be important to our collective work as educators. At the core of this initiative is a focus on emerging technologies and the ways they can be applied in the service of teaching, learning, research, and creative inquiry. A major goal is to stimulate systematic thinking and discussion of the real challenges that face our world and our society, and in particular, how emerging technologies might be applied to solve them.

To set the stage for the intensive discussions this symposium will foster, Case Western Reserve University CIO Lev Gonick will describe a vision for a digital city that is being built, bit by bit, right now in Cleveland. His keynote address, "From Digital Campus to Connected Community," will illustrate some of the ways emerging technology can be applied to the larger challenges faced by a thriving, diverse community like Cleveland.

Symposium Themes

As its name suggests, the Symposium looks toward the future: what might the world look like in five years? Ten? Further out? Technologies and practices that are just beginning to show promise in an educational or social context may well be commonplace in that time frame. The applicability of technology -- whether established or emerging -- to the social, environmental, and educational challenges we face today is a central theme of the Symposium. Projects that test the applicability of new ideas, research into new solutions for global problems, and demonstrations of cutting-edge tools are all part of this exploration of the future.

Proposals are encouraged on how emerging technologies might be applied to any of the following themes, but this list is not exhaustive and selections will not be limited to these categories:

  • Sustainability (physical and natural resources; economic resources; educational resources)
  • Renewable energy; clean energy
  • Global warming and its impacts
  • Ethics in the digital age
  • Politics in a globally connected World
  • Social issues

The NMC Symposium for the Future is intended to be an ongoing conversation, focused the applications of new technologies to global concerns and issues, and how they will shape the future of education.

Proposals for sessions and demonstrations may be submitted online at
This event continues the ongoing series of specially focused online gatherings that explore new ideas and issues related to technology, learning, and society.  The NMC Series of Virtual Symposia is itself an exploration of emerging forms of collaboration and tools.
Additional information about the Symposium can be found at
Please circulate this announcement to any and all areas on campus that may be interested in participating.

Business Information Literacy & Instruction

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Business Information Literacy & Instruction

The Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship, a Routledge peer-reviewed publication, invites proposals for articles to be published in a special issue addressing information literacy within business contexts.

Article submissions should focus on information literacy - the ability to identify, locate, evaluate, select, and use information - in a business context, including academic, public, and special libraries, other information organizations, and everyday life information seeking. Proposals should be research oriented, and could include empirical research, historical or philosophical analysis, or rigorous case-study research.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Information literacy in business-related, everyday life contexts (i.e. financial literacy, investment-related information seeking, consumerism)  
  • Information literacy and instruction in academic, public or special library environments 
  • Information literacy for the work-place 
  • Information literacy for entrepreneurship 
  • Information literacy for special professions in business (i.e. accountants, marketing professionals, financial counselors) 

Proposals of 500 words or less will go through a double-blind peer review process, and should be submitted to the editor, Lisa G. O'Connor, at, no later than October 18th, 2010.

Completed manuscripts should be between 5,000-8,000 words and will also go through a double-blind peer review process. Authors will be notified of accepted proposals in early December, 2010, with manuscripts due no later than May 1, 2011.

For a complete version of this CFP visit

Going Green @ Your Library 2: Working Green, Teaching Green

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Call for Speakers for "Going Green @ Your Library 2:  Working Green, Teaching Green"

Amigos' second Going Green @ Your Library online conference will be Wednesday, November 3, 2010.  We are looking for librarians interested in sharing their ideas, experiences and excitement about green practices at their library. Our keynote speaker will be Monika Antonelli, co-editor of the forthcoming  Greening Libraries  (Library Juice Press, 2011) and Reference/Instruction Librarian at Minnesota State University Mankato.

In addition to the keynote session, we hope to have two simultaneous tracks running throughout the day:

Working Green
This track will focus on the green practices implemented in libraries. Some of the areas of interest include:
* Green library buildings/renovations
* Green IT
* Green practices in the library (e.g. Green ILL, Green Cataloging)

Teaching Green
This second track focuses on ways your library shows the way to be green to others in your community.  Topics might include:
* Green programming at the library
* How your library facilitates research on environmental topics
* Green by example:  how your library leads others in implementing green practices

Other topics are welcome!  Each session will be 45 minutes in length.  If you're interested in presenting, but have never done it online, don't worry -- we will teach you what you need to know! We welcome submissions from librarians in academic, public, school, and special libraries.

To submit your presentation idea(s), go to and complete the submission form.  Proposals will be accepted until September 30.

If you have questions, please contact us at


School Libraries as Place, School Libraries as Space

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School Libraries Worldwide
Call for Papers
School Libraries as Place, School Libraries as Space
January 2011 (Volume 17, Number 1)
Editors: Nancy Everhart and Marcia Mardis

School Libraries Worldwide is the official professional and research journal of the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL). It is published twice yearly, in January and July and is available online and through select periodical databases. School Libraries Worldwide publishes new works of current research and scholarship in school librarianship. Each issue contains exceptional papers relating to the issue theme and a selection of papers representing outstanding research on any aspect of school librarianship. All papers are double-blind peer reviewed and adhere to the highest editorial standards.
This issue of School Libraries Worldwide will explore the theme School Libraries as Place, School Libraries as Space. Yi-Fu Tuan wrote in Space and place: The perspective of experience (2001), "the former [place] provides the fixity necessary for security and the latter [space] the opportunity for movement and exploration." This definition is our point of departure, not our fixed interpretation. We encourage papers that both affirm and challenge definitions of space and place.
This issue will expand the opportunities for researchers to share their work relating to space and place in school libraries and their physical, virtual, philosophical, and social presences.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
·       School libraries as places and spaces for knowledge sharing and learning in virtual and physical settings;
·       School libraries as meeting places fostering community;
·       Changing role of school libraries throughout history;
·       School library architecture and school library layout refurbishment;
·       School libraries as third places between classroom and home, home and public library, etc.;
·       School libraries as meeting places across cultural, social, professional and ethnic boundaries;
·       The interplay between school libraries and digital libraries or virtual learning environments.
School library researchers are invited to submit papers reporting their own original research that has not been published elsewhere. Authors who wish to know more about the issue theme should contact the editors to discuss possibilities.
School Libraries Worldwide also welcomes submissions of excellent research on any topic relating to school librarianship for the open portion of the journal.
Deadline for submissions of full papers: September 15, 2010. 
Authors interested in contributing to this issue should contact the editors, Marcia Mardis and Nancy Everhart at
Submission guidelines are available online at:
Submissions and suggestions for the journal should be sent to:

Dr. Nancy Everhart and Dr. Marcia Mardis
Editors, School Libraries Worldwide
School of Library and Information Science
College of Communication & Information
The Florida State University
Tallahassee FL 32306-2100 USA
Fax: 1 (780) 492-7622 

Deadline: November 1, 2010


This is a fascinating period in the history of library services. For the first time, it is possible to build large, diverse, and universal access library services using collections of digital information and delivering over an information infrastructure at the global scale. This so called digital library brings together researchers and experts from many different disciplines and backgrounds, and enables changes with profound social, organizational and legal implications. Over the past decades, digital libraries have been adopted widely in many areas, and are becoming increasingly complex. They draw on heterogeneous resources, serve diverse user populations, and carry out tasks that are getting more and more complicated. Increasingly, there are demands for multimedia, multicultural, and multilingual digital libraries.

Multilingual communication enables the dissemination of information beyond the boundaries of languages. Nearly every sector of our increasingly global economy and culturally diverse society needs to master multilingual communication. On the one hand, digital information has been created in more than one language, and on the other hand, world wide open access has created a large user population with very diverse languages and cultural backgrounds. Studying multilingual technologies and resources, therefore, helps digital library users to search, browse, recognize and use information from sets of multilingual multimedia information objects.

The study of multilingual technology has existed for at least 15 years, and many new technologies, such as multilingual information access systems, machine translation systems, multilingual thesaurus, etc., have been developed. However, technology development has not fully solved the technology-related problems, not to mention the communication and society-related issues. For example, no widely-used multilingual information access system is available in most digital libraries. People still mostly search for information within their own language unless searching for academic information. In addition, the laws to govern information in different languages are still far from complete, especially the online copyright law. Languages and societies still feel threatened by certain online efforts, such as the Google Book Search project. We still do not have an effective ontology or metadata scheme, which are very important resources in digital libraries, for online resources in one language, not to mention those in multiple languages.


We invite submissions exploring various multilingual related issues in all types of digital libraries. This special issue aims to put specific emphasis on examining the recent achievements at the service side, the user side, and the collection development side of multilingual resources and technologies in digital libraries. The topics that we are specifically interested in are:

1.      Service side:

·         The current status of multilingual services in digital libraries

·         The legal and copyright issues in multilingual information access

·         Multilingual information services, training and education

2.      User side:

·         Digital library users' multilingual demands and requests

·         Human information behavior  in multilingual digital libraries

·         Human computer interaction in multilingual digital libraries

3.      Collection development side

·         Multilingual resources and technologies for open access

·         Multilingual collection building and evaluation

·         Multilingual Web academic information organization and mining

·         Multilingual generic and domain specific information portal development

4.      Support technology

·         Cross language information retrieval and machine translation for digital libraries

·         Multilingual thesaurus, metadata and ontology for digital libraries

·         Multilingual social network analysis and mining for digital libraries

·         Multilingual information visualization for digital libraries

·         Other multilingual information processing technologies for digital libraries


However, the solicited papers are not restricted to the topics discussed above. All papers related to multilingual resources and technologies in digital libraries will be considered.


Potential authors are asked to submit to the guest editors by email a tentative title and short abstract (which can be revised for the actual submission) to assist in the formation of a panel of appropriate reviewers. Each actual submission of manuscript should note that it is intended for the Special Issue on Electronic Libraries. Submissions to the special issue should follow the journal's formatting guidelines (see, but the manuscript submissions should be sent to the guest editors by email directly.


Submissions will undergo the normal review process, and will be reviewed by three established researchers selected from a review panel formed for the special issue. Barring unforeseen problems, authors can expect to be notified regarding the review results within three months of submission.



Prof. Daqing He,

School of Information Sciences,

University of Pittsburgh


Dr. Dan Wu,

School of Information Management,

Wuhan University




Deadline for submission of title and abstract: November 1st, 2010

Deadline for paper submissions: December 1st, 2010

Notification to authors: March 1st, 2011



The Electronic Library is a refereed journal which is devoted to the applications and implications of new information and communication technologies, automation, user interfaces, networks and the Web in all types of libraries, information centers and museums throughout the world. It provides a vehicle for reporting and reviewing the latest research, ongoing developments and hardware and software implementations in today's digital library and information environments in different countries; as well as trends in usability, electronic books and e-readiness.  It offers practical advice, useful information and descriptions of specific applications from around the globe. 


The SEIU District 925 Legacy Project in conjunction with the Walter P.
Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University is
accepting applications for the SEIU District 925 Educational Research
Fellowship for the Study of Women in Organized Labor. This research
grant will provide assistance for an advanced graduate student,
college/university faculty member or other qualified individual to use
the SEIU District 925 Collection and/or the SEIU District 925 oral
histories at the Walter P. Reuther Library. Secondary consideration will
be given to qualified applicants pursuing another topic concerning the
role of women in organized labor. An award of $1000.00 will be issued
for travel and related expenses for research in these resources.

Terms and Conditions:

1.  The successful applicant must use the award by the end of 2011.
2.  The $1000.00 award will be issued within one month following the
    research visit to the Reuther Library.
3.  The successful applicant will be required to submit a two-page report
    outlining reflections on the research conducted within one month
    following the research visit.

How to Apply:
Applicants must complete the application form and, on a separate sheet,
a summary not to exceed 300 words that specifies the nature of the
applicant's project, resources at the Reuther Library to be used and the
projected goal of the research.

Applications and summaries will be accepted beginning September 7, 2010
and must be postmarked no later than November 12, 2010. Applications
are available at The award
recipient will be announced no later than December 10, 2010.

Please submit applications and summaries to:

Dr. Louis Jones
Walter P. Reuther Library
Wayne State University
5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202

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


The journal is devoted to the issues and concerns of librarians and information specialists involved with distance education and delivering library resources and services to this growing community of students. 


Topics can include but are not limited to:

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

While we accept submissions year-round, if you are interested in submitting an article for possible inclusion in our next published issue, send the manuscript directly to the Editor, Jodi Poe at by November 5, 2010.  Inquiries and questions are welcome.


Instructions for authors are available at or can be emailed to you directly.


Medicalization of Sex

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The Medicalization of Sex is a complex and fascinating phenomenon with historical roots in nineteenth century sexology. As a contemporary phenomenon, it occurs at the intersection of technology, culture, gender, medicine, sexuality, global capitalism, and rapid social change.


The Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at Simon Fraser University invites you to a conference on The Medicalization of Sex in Vancouver, BC, April 29-30, 2011. Conference highlights include keynote speakers Leonore Tiefer (NYU Medical School), author of Sex is Not a Natural Act, and Jennifer Terry (University of California, Irvine), author of An American Obsession: Science, Medicine, and Homosexuality in Modern Society; special guests Virginia Braun (University of Aukland); Carol Groneman (CUNY); Barbara Marshall (Trent University); Elizabeth Reis (University of Oregon) and Judy Segal (UBC); a screening of the critically acclaimed documentary Orgasm Inc.: The Strange Science of Female Sexual Pleasure with an introduction by director Liz Canner; and 'Antidote,' a reception featuring local art celebrating genital diversity.This conference is made possible by the Ruth Wynn Woodward Endowment and the sponsorship of the New View Campaign, (a feminist educational project, Ruth Wynn Woodward was a BC pioneer dedicated to the advancement of gender equality.


We seek international, interdisciplinary contributions from a diversity of junior and senior scholars in the humanities, sciences, social sciences, health professions, as well feminist health activists and artists working in this area. Possible topics are the medicalization of sex as it relates to:

  • Sexual 'normalcy' & deviancy
  • Sexual 'function' & dysfunction
  • Sexual 'hygiene' & pollution


  • The Sexuopharmaceutical Industry
  • Cosmetogynecology
  • Sexology & Sexual Medicine


  • Queer Sexualities
  • Intersexualities
  • Heterosexualities
  • Asexualities


  • Strategies for education, resistance, and activism related to age, ethnocultural and cultural, bodily, and sexual diversity


Proposals must include the paper title, abstract (max 250 words), and a biography of the author(s) (max 250 word per person). To be considered for early acceptance and reduced registration, please send all proposals via email toThea Cacchioni, Junior Ruth Wynn Woodward Chair, Simon Fraser University at by Friday, October 1, 2010. A later set of proposal may be solicited in November.


Be sure to bookmark this page:


Medicalization of Sex Conference will be held at:
Simon Fraser University
Segal Graduate School of Business
500 Granville St, Vancouver, BC


on April 29 + 30, 2011


Thea Cacchioni is the Ruth Wynn Woodard Chair in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies. Thea earned her BA in Women's Studies at UBC and her MA and PhD in Gender Studies and Sociology at the University of Warwick, UK. Thea's research interests include gender; sexuality; health; medicalization; 'Female Sexual Dysfunction;' and 'Sexual Revolution.' She has published in the journals Sexualities, Sociology, and the Sociology of Health and Illness. She is currently working on a book entitled 'The Labour of Love: Women in the Second Sexual Revolution' (University of Toronto Press). Thea believes that a truly integrated perspective on women's health does not end in the classroom. In June, 2011 she testified at an FDA advisory hearing against the approval of Flibanserin, a daily anti-depressant drug with several 'unsexy' side-effects (proposed to treat 'hypo-active sexual desire disorder' in pre-menopausal women). During her residency at SFU, she will teach classes on the medicalization of sex, chair an interdisciplinary, multi-media conference on this theme (April 29th-30th, 2011), and engage in other forms of public outreach in this area.


How local writers, artists, musicians and other creative people and libraries help each other and their community. These creative members (who are also voters) appreciate the resources and stimulus libraries provide the creative process and like making their work known. Librarians are asked to share successful activities and collaborations with these patrons.

Publisher: Routledge Books

Articles: 3,000-5,000 words; 1 author or 2, 3 co-authors

Compensation: complimentary copy, discount on more

Librarians outside the U.S. encouraged to contribute

Please e-mail in a Word .doc (older version) attachment 1-3 topics/titles each described in 2-3 sentences by September 30, 2010 and a 75-90 word 3rd person bio: your name, library of employment, city/state location, employment title, where you got your degree, awards, publications, and career highlights for each author. Please include publisher/date for books. Please: no long resumes or abstracts-your selected title/abstract/bio composes a tentative table of contents for Routledge. You will be contacted which of your topics are not duplications, inviting you to e-mail your submission if Routledge decides to publish. Please place ACTIVITIES/Your Name on the subject line to:

How to make the multi-cultured community members regular library users. A how-to for librarians restricted by time, money, and staffing: creative librarians using various outreach methods to overcome language and cultural barriers to serve all those in their communities and turn them into regular patrons.

Publisher: Routledge Books

Articles: 3,000-5,000 words; 1 author or 2, 3 co-authors

Compensation: complimentary copy, discount on more

Librarians outside the U.S. encouraged to contribute

Please e-mail in a Word .doc (older version) attachment 1-3 topics/titles each described in 2-3 sentences by September 30, 2010 and a 75-90 word 3rd person bio: your name, library of employment, city/state location, employment title, where you got your degree, awards, publications, and career highlights for each author. Please include publisher/date for books. Please: no long resumes or abstracts-your selected title/abstract/bio composes a tentative table of contents for Routledge. You will be contacted which of your topics are not duplications, inviting you to e-mail your submission if Routledge decides to publish. Please place MULTICULTURAL/Your Name on the subject line to:

Librarians as Mentors in Librarianship for Adults and Students

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Book Publisher:  McFarland & Company, Inc.

Chapters sought for an anthology by practicing U.S. academic, public, school, special librarians sharing their librarianship know-how by mentoring adults or students: personal, one-on-one contact to further librarianship. Concise, how-to chapters using bullets, headings, based on experience to help colleagues further the profession. Those accepted will receive a complimentary copy, discounts on additional copies.

No previously published, simultaneously submitted material, no co-authors; 3,000-4,500 words.

Possible topics: mentoring adults with/without a library degree; mentoring grade school, high school, undergrad, grad, doctoral students; mentoring long distance; lesson plans; technology tools; networking; classroom teaching; career workshops and conferences; time investment; job marketing; academic.

To receive a Go Ahead, please e-mail 2 topics each described in 2-3 sentences by September 30, 2010 and a 75-90 word bio with: your name, library of employment, city/state location, employment title, where you got your degree, awards, publications, and career highlights. You will be contacted which of your topics are not duplications, inviting you to e-mail your submission. Please place MENTORS/Your Name on the subject line:

Tips for Librarians Running Libraries Alone

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Book Publisher: Scarecrow Press

Chapters sought from special, school, public, academic librarians, LIS professors about managing a library alone.

No previously published, simultaneously submitted material; 3,000-3,500 words. Concise, how-to chapters, using bullets, headings. Compensation: a complimentary book, discount on additional copies.

Possible topics: Time Management, Solo Security Issues, Library Boards, Media Strategies, Manuals and Policies, Legal Concerns, Annual Reports, Useful Software, Problem Patrons, Public Relations, Bidding, Networking, Professional Growth, Websites, Library Use Instruction, Managing Volunteers, Children's Activities.

To avoid duplication, please e-mail 2-3 topics described separately in 3 sentences by October 30, 2010 with a 75-90 word bio. You will be contacted which of your topics will work. Kindly place, SOLO/Your Name, on the subject line to:

Preserving Local Writers, Genealogy, Photographs

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Book Publisher: Scarecrow Press

Chapters sought for an anthology by librarians who are not archivists who've worked with local historical societies in preserving local history, newspaper preservation, managing manuscript/book collections of local authors, local photography collections, kept student oral and written interviews of community members, and have done/are doing related activities. Tips needed on overcoming liability and invasion of privacy issues, what to save, ways to preserve local material for current and future generations. Librarians are often the last chance that important aspects of local culture have of being conserved.

No previously published, simultaneously submitted material; 3,000-3,500 words. Concise, how-to chapters, using bullets, headings, sidebars. Compensation: a complimentary book, discount on additional copies.

Please e-mail 1-2 topics described separately in 2-3 sentences by October 30, 2010 with a 75-90 word bio. You will be contacted which of your topics will fit. Kindly place, PRESERVING/Your Name, on the subject line to:

Rethinking Reference

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Call for Submissions: 

Public Services Quarterly (PSQ) invites submission of manuscripts for a special thematic issue (volume 7, issue 1/2) on "Rethinking Reference." 


As reference statistics from traditional reference desks decline each year, librarians are rethinking delivery of reference services.  From combined service desks (reference and circulation) to tiered models (an information desk serving as triage to the reference office) to roving reference, librarians continue to search for ways of reaching out to patrons at their point of need.


In this special issue, we seek to explore new and innovative ways of the delivery of reference services.  Some questions that may be addressed include, but not limited to:

  • If you've done away with a traditional reference desk, what service replaces it?
  • How do you balance delivery of in-person and virtual reference services?
  • In staffing an Information Commons, do you need technology support, librarian support, both, or librarian as technology support?
  • What are the skills and knowledge required of reference librarians in the 21st century
  • How, if at all, do generalist reference librarians develop subject specialist expertise, and vice versa?  Are the two roles complimentary?

Nicole Cooke, Librarian/Assistant Professor at Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ, and Ellen Keith, Reference Services Coordinator and Librarian for Sociology at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, will edit this special issue of PSQ.


  • Manuscript submissions are due December 1, 2010
  • Accepted authors will be notified on January 3, 2011
  • Author revisions are due February 1, 2011.


Please submit manuscripts and direct questions to the special issue editors, Nicole Cooke ( and Ellen Keith (

Public Services Quarterly, a Taylor & Francis Group/Routledge publication, is a peer reviewed journal that examines traditional and nontraditional areas of public service in academic libraries.  This special issue of PSQ will NOT be refereed.

This special issue is scheduled for publication in June 2011.

 For more information on Public Services Quarterly and the Instructions for Authors, please visit:

InSITE 2011

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Informing Science & IT Education:
A Conference in Four Parts:
Connect, TeachIT, TeLE, and Inform

 June  19 - 24,  2011  
Novi Sad, Serbia


Deadline for proposals November 30, 2010

This is also a call for reviewers


For more information go to


InSITE:  Connect consists of study in various locations on the transmission of information across time and across space.  Connect focuses on the interrelationship between context (historical forces and culture) and information and knowledge transfer. 

InSITE: Inform solicits papers in any area that explores issues in effectively and efficiently informing clients through IT (information technology).

InSITE:  TeachIT focuses on research topics related to teaching  IT, including curricular issues, capstone courses, pedagogy, and emerging topics in IT. 

InSITE:  TeLE focuses on research topics related to using IT to teach.  For example, these topics include e-Learning, m-Learning, making classroom teaching more effective, and distance learning.

Colonization, Class and Women Conference -deadline extension

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Due to requests for extensions, the deadline to submit a proposal for the
Nov. 5-6th Colonization, Class and Women Conference has been extended to
September 15th.  The keynote speaker is Dr. Andrea Smith and most sessions
will follow an innovative, collaborative format.  The full details and call
for papers can be accessed here:


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publication of IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Learning
Technology (TCLT)

* Deadline for submission: September 20, 2010.

Learning Technology Newsletter aims at publishing and disseminating current
research about new and emerging learning technologies as well as their
design, usage, application, and evaluation in different contexts of
technology enhanced learning. The special theme of this issue will focus on
pervasive learning and the usage of sensors in technology enhanced learning,
including (but not limited to) research on approaches for gathering and
anaylsing data from sensors in learning systems, usage of sensors in
learning systems, concepts and developments of pervasive learning systems,
and evaluations of pervasive learning and pervasive learning systems. Please
feel free to bring forward your ideas and views.

Articles that are not in the area of the special theme are most welcome as
well and will be published in the regular article section

Learning Technology Newsletter invites short articles, case studies, and
project reports for the October issue. This issue will be published in
Volume 12, Issue 4 (October, 2010).

** The newsletter is of non-refereed nature though the articles will be
selected and edited by the Editors. **

* Submission procedure:

1. The articles in the newsletter are limited to 1000 words.
Over-length articles will not be published.

2. The manuscripts should be either in Word or RTF format.
Any figures used in the contributions would be required separately in a
graphic format (gif or jpeg). The figures should also be embedded in the
text at appropriate places.

3. Please send the manuscripts by email as attachment to and (Subject: Learning Technology
Newsletter Submission).

4. In the email, please state clearly that the manuscript is original
material that has not been published, and is not being considered for
publication elsewhere.

For further information please see

Best regards,
Sabine Graf
Charalampos Karagiannidis
(Editors of Learning Technology Newsletter)
Published: Semi annual (both in Print and Electronic form)

Next deadline is: March 31, 2011

The International Journal of Information Technologies and 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.
Macro areas to be discussed in this journal include to the following:

•Foundations on systems science and the systems approach
•Innovative cases by using the systems approach
•Philosophy of systems sciences
•Review of IT tools for conducting systems research
•Systems methodologies (based on the systems approach)

focused on Information Systems and Software-Systems Engineering disciplines.
Please visit instructions in the IJITSA website at:
• Frank Stowell (EiC),  University of Portsmouth, England.
•Manuel Mora (co-EiC),  Autonomous University of Aguascalientes, México.
• Amitava Dutta,  George Mason University, USA. • Denis Edgar-Nevill,
Canterbury Christ Church University, England. • Miroljub Kljajic),
University of Maribor, Slovenia. • Yasmin Merali,  University of Warwick,
England. • James Burns,  Texas Tech University, USA.  • Robert Cloutier,
Stevens Institute of Technology, USA. • Rory O'Connor, Dublin City
University, Ireland.
The International Journal of Information Technologies and the Systems
Approach (IJITSA) is published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.),
publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group
Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference", "Business Science
Reference", and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. For additional
information regarding the publisher, please visit
IJITSA is also an official publication of the Information Resources
Management Association.

Academic Exchange Quarterly-Web-based Teaching

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Journal Articles are needed for Academic Exchange Quarterly.

Featured Editors: Alys Jordan and Matt Buckley

Manuscripts that address the following questions are sought.

1. What are the best methods to help faculty to successfully teach in
this environment?
2. What are the most effective teaching practices, methods, and
strategies for this environment?
3. What instructional design processes and techniques are the most
successful in developing high quality Web-based distance education
4. How do we support students in this environment to ensure their success?
5. What are the most innovative uses of technology to deliver courses
in this environment?

Who May Submit:
Ideal contributors will be those who teach Web-based distance
education courses or who are responsible for various elements of these
courses. This can include faculty, librarians, administrators,
instructional designers, graduate students, and various other academic
personnel. Please identify your submission with keyword in the subject
heading of your email: DISTANCE-4

Manuscript format and guidelines are available here:

Submit Manuscript to and in the subject
heading indicate:  DISTANCE-4

If you have additional questions contact: Alys Jordan
( or Matt Buckley (

Call for Papers
Demeter Press
is seeking submissions for an edited collection on
Laboring On: Testimony, Theory &
Transgressions of Black Mothering
in Academia
Sekile Nzinga-Johnson & Karen Craddock   Pub Date: 2012/2013

This book aims to interrogate the intersecting forms of oppression that are experienced by Black female faculty and scholars who "labor" and "mother" within the academy. The context in which Black female academics occupy is an important starting point to consider given
the longstanding history of the patriarchal, racially biased, and anti-family environment of academia. Post civil rights and women rights colleges and universities continue to be sites of struggle and resistance for African American women despite higher education achievements.
This anthology will offer a particularly nuanced discussion on the emergent literature on parenting and work that explores academic institutions that largely mark black women's bodies as deviant and pathological. We encourage submissions that explore various
constructions of "mothering" and "being mothered" which contribute to the experiences of Black women academics. For the purposes of this book we have broadened our conceptualization of "mothering" to include care work. Thus "mothering" may
include the expectations or practice of providing formal and informal support to
students of color and/or students that are alienated within the academy, as
well as the mentoring of junior faculty, faculty of color, female faculty,
caregiving/parenting faculty, and those outside the academy. The term "labor"
theoretically extends this volume to include the voices of Black academic women who often occupy the lowest echelons of the academic class structure. We also invite contributions
that encompass the strains between work and home/community life for Black
academic mothers. The goal of this volume is to further the discussion of work and family from a critical and interdisciplinary lens that illuminates the complex realities of Black women
who mother and labor within the academy.
Suggested topics may include but are not limited to:
Academic climate; Research & policy on
African American mothering in the academy; Resistance to marginalization within
the academy; Work-life strains; Embodying multiple marginalities in the
academy; Intersectionality; Constructions
of black mothering/motherhood; Explorations of various
constructions of "mothering" and "being mothered"; Parallels and
confounds of mothering and mentoring; Gender
roles and responsibilities; Black mothers and the "maternal wall"; Analysis of
Black mothers in the academy as laborers; Embodiment; Identity; Black maternal
theory and activism; Black mother- academics, stress and health; Experiences of
adjunct and part time professors; Students as academic mothers; Tenure and
promotion; Early, mid & late career mothering decisions; Single parenting;
Dual careers; Black foster and adoptive mother academics; Black women scholars
as intellectual mothers; Black grandmothers as academics; Black mothering and
laboring in different academic settings; Teaching Black Motherhood; Pedagogy;
Bias avoidance/choosing not to parent as an academic; Black mother-academics
and community; Black academic mothers "having it all"; Biographies; Narratives
and Autobiographies.
Submission guidelines:
Abstracts should be 250 words. Please also
include a brief biography (50 words).
Deadline for abstracts Nov 1, 2010
Accepted papers of 4000-5000 words (15-20
pages) will be due June 1, 2011 and

should conform to the Modern Language Association style.
Please send submissions directly to:
Sekile Nzinga-Johnson []
and Karen T.
Craddock []

Demeter Press
140 Holland St. West, PO 13022
Bradford, ON, L3Z 2Y5 []



ACRL/DVC wants to know how you use technology

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Call for proposals:  ACRL/DVC wants to know how you use technology!


For the fall 2010 program, we are changing things a bit.  We want to hear how academic libraries in our own service area have been using technology.  As librarians, we are constantly bombarded with new technologies that promise great results, but it's hard to tell which ones will actually work for our own library.  What technology have you employed that made your work easier, services better, or had a great end result?  Come share it with your colleagues and get them jumpstarted on something new!


We encourage proposals from any area of library services (instruction, reference, tech services, outreach, etc.) but favor presentations on ideas that are quick/cheap/easy to implement, since none of us have a lot of time or money to spare.


The program will be Friday, November 12, at Penn State Great Valley.   All presentation slots will be 20 minutes long.  To submit a proposal, simply send an email with a presentation title and description (300 words maximum) to Pat Newland  by Friday, September 10. A committee of ACRL/DVC board members will determine the final presentations; this is a chance to add a peer-reviewed presentation to your CV!


We will close out the day with roundtable discussions and are taking suggestions for these as well. If you have a topic in mind that you would like to discuss with your colleagues, please submit it to Susan Markley  by Friday, September 10.  If your submitted topic is selected, you will have the option to lead the discussion.


The Psychology of Librarianship

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Call for Chapter Proposals


Edited by Leanne VandeCreek, Lynn Gullickson, and H. Stephen Wright

To be published by Scarecrow Press


The Psychology of Librarianship will be a collection of scholarly essays examining the psychological aspects of library work and the profession of librarianship.  This will be the first book-length, in-depth study of the psychological implications and underpinnings of the library profession.  Although there have been occasional articles about the psychological dimensions of library work (especially in regard to job stress), and a few theses that study specific issues (such as training) in detail, there has never been a book that attempts a broader and more comprehensive examination of this topic.


Psychology is a factor in virtually every aspect of librarianship.  Beyond the expected psychological issues inherent in any organization, there are psychological dimensions that are unique to library work.  The Psychology of Librarianship will address both of these: how traditional organizational psychology applies to librarianship, and how library work involves unique psychological situations.


Potential contributors will be encouraged to submit scholarly papers that are supported by citations to appropriate literature; some topics may require original psychological research.  Papers consisting primarily of anecdotes, or which draw mainly on the personal experiences of the author, are discouraged.


Possible chapter topics may include, but are not limited to:


·         Why people choose to become librarians

·         Managing conflict among librarians

·         Generational conflicts: old-school librarians and "geeks"

·         Fear and insecurity in the library

·         Recognizing and dealing with personality disorders

·         Perfectionism vs. the "good enough" syndrome

·         The repercussions of technological and organizational fads

·         Substance abuse in the library profession

·         The self-image of librarians: stereotypes and overcompensation

·         The psychology and pathology of collecting

·         We'll change it back once he's gone: managing administrators

·         Technological change: stresses and resistance

·         Bibliographic essay on previous studies of the psychological aspects of librarianship

·         Librarians and library users: relationship dynamics

·         Bunker mentality: librarians in a defensive posture


Proposals for chapters must be submitted by October 15, 2010.  Authors whose proposals are accepted will be notified by November 15, 2010; completed chapters are due by June 1, 2011.


Please send proposals and questions to any of the editors:


  • Leanne VandeCreek,
  • Lynn Gullickson,
  • H. Stephen Wright,


International Journal of Knowledge-Based Organizations

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Special Issue On Business Information Systems: Aligning Technology,
Organizations and People
Submission Due Date: November 30, 2010
Guest Editors:
Joao Varajao, University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal
Maria Manuela Cruz Cunha, Polytechnic Institute of Cavado e Ave, Portugal
Ricardo Colomo-Palacios, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain

Information systems play a crucial role in today's business.  No matter what
the sector is or the size of the organization, enterprise information
systems can be seen as having a critical role in the enterprise strategy and
in strategic business alignment. Because information systems are enablers of
many of the organizations' main concerns, including improved decision
making, operational excellence, internal communication and basic support to
business processes. From the viewpoint of knowledge, information systems and
their tools are the cornerstones for so called knowledge based
organizations. In this scenario, organizations must face this challenge by
combining, in one hand, new management practices, and in the other, new
technological tools.

Objective of the Special Issue
This special issue intends to attract original, pertinent and relevant
contributions on the technological, organizational and social dimensions of
the largely multidisciplinary field of Enterprise Information Systems, which
includes ERP, CRM, SCM, extended ERP, and business supporting technologies,
such as eMarketplaces.

Recommended Topics
Topics to be discussed in this special issue include (but are not limited
to) the following:

Business process modelling
Collaboration and networked and virtual organizations
Competitiveness and market share among solution providers
EIS in large companies
EIS subsystems (CRM, SCM, etc.)
Electronic marketplace solutions
Emerging technologies
Enterprise architecture design, modelling and integration
Enterprise portals
Enterprise information systems' design, application, implementation, and
ERP integration of functions and virtual/extended/networked enterprises
Global and regional realities of EIS adoption
Impact on the internal status quo
In-house development, off-the-shelf solutions and open source solutions
Information systems architectures
Information systems for manufacturing
Information systems for sustainable economy
Information systems integration and enterprise information integration
IT human resources
IT management
IT/IS (out)sourcing
Management of change
Management of legacy systems
New market of open source solutions and services delivery
Parameterization and flexible adaptation
Problems of information sharing and migration of processes
Reliability, maintenance and dependency on solution and services suppliers
Resistance to change
Strategic use of EIS
Training needs
Trust and confidence in new technology


Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit papers for this special
theme issue on  Business Information Systems on or before November 30, 2010.
All submissions must be original and may not be under review by another
All submitted papers will be reviewed on a double-blind, peer review basis.
Papers must follow APA style for reference citations.

All submissions and inquiries should be directed to the attention of:

Joao Varajao, Maria Manuela Cruz Cunha, Ricardo Colomo-Palacios
Guest Editors
International Journal of Knowledge-Based Organizations

Crossing Borders

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FEAST The Association for Feminist Ethics and  Social Theory invites submissions for the Fall 2011 conference:
Crossing Borders
September 22-25, 2011
Illinois Beach Resort and Conference Center
Zion, Illinois
Submission deadline: February 28, 2011
Keynote speakers:

Uma Narayan, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities, Chair and Professor of Philosophy, Vassar College
Dr. Narayan's Dislocating Cultures: Identities, Traditions and Third World Feminism (Routledge, 1997) was awarded the 1998 Schuck Award for best book on women and politics by the American Political Science Association. She is currently working on a book on the economic and political dimensions of contemporary globalization.

Azizah Y. al-Hibri, Professor of Law, T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond, Chair of KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights.
Dr. al-Hibri is a founding editor of Hypatia and has written extensively on Muslim women's right, Islam and democracy, and Islam and human rights.

*Invited Panel Topics:

Transnational Feminism

*Difficult Conversation: Professors without Class: Class (Under)Privilege and Passing in the Academy

*Workshop: Writing and Publishing

Theoretical papers on all topics within the areas of feminist ethics and social theory are welcome. The program committee aims to create a conference with a diverse group of presenters and a diversity of philosophical topics and styles. Proposals for presentations other than papers (e.g., workshops, discussions, etc.) should include detailed descriptions demonstrating that the ideas are as developed as they would be in a paper.

FEAST strongly encourages members of groups that are underrepresented in both the discipline of philosophy and at feminist philosophy conferences to send submissions.

Submissions, for either paper or panel sessions, should consist of papers no longer than 3,000 words and abstracts of 100-250 words.

Please send your submission, in one document (a Word file, please, so that abstracts can be posted), to by February 28, 2011.  Your document should include: paper title, abstract, paper, with no identifying information. The word count (max. 3,000) should appear on the top of the first page of your paper. Panel organizers, please send the panel title and all three abstracts and papers in one document, along with word counts (3,000 for each paper). In the body of the email message, please include: your paper or panel title, name, institutional affiliation, e-mail address, surface mail address, and phone number. All submissions will be anonymously reviewed.

For more information on FEAST or to see programs from previous conferences, go to: <>

Questions may be directed to the Program Chair, Margaret Crouch, at



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