May 2011 Archives

ALISE Distance Education SIG

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ALISE Distance Education SIG

abstracts due: July 15, 2011


Distance Education SIG of Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) calls for papers to be presented at the ALISE conference in Dallas, Texas on Tuesday, January 17 - Friday, January 20, 2012.  The conference theme is Extending our Reach: Expanding Horizons, Creating Opportunities. Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • Changing modes of curricular delivery including gaming
  • Expanding student populations and competing for talent
  • Globalization, internationalism, cross-nationalism, multilingualism, and multicultural concerns in Distance Education
  • Innovative administrative structures and responses
  • Budgetary restraints to Distance Education in LIS
  • Critical approaches to conventional thought regarding library and information science distance education opportunities
  • Approaches to traditionally hands-on topics such as archives and museum work
  • Competition and innovation--challenges and opportunities for access to information
  • Open source/closed source/managed services for Distance Education
  • Responses to technological advances that expand the reach of Distance Education


Submit abstracts of 500 to 750 words via email to ALISE Distance SIG Convenor Nora Bird ( by July 15, 2011. Notice regarding acceptance will be sent by August 30. Also see the ALISE site for more information on the 2012 Conference:

LITA Mobile Computing IG meeting

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Call for Participation: LITA Mobile Computing IG meeting 
June 23, Sunday, 10:30 am - 12pm.

The LITA Mobile Computing IG seeks 4-5 short presentations (15 minutes) on mobile computing for the upcoming ALA Annual Conference at New Orleans. Some of the possible topics include but not limited to: QR code promotion,What mobile services students want the library to provide, etc.

The LITA MCIG is also seeking the suggestions for discussion topics, things you have been working on, plan to work, or want to work on in terms of mobile computing. All suggestions and presentation topics are welcome and will be given consideration for presentation and discussion.

Feel free to email me off-the-list ( and/or post your topic at ALA Connect :
Please spread the word to interested colleagues.  We're putting together a roundtable for the 2012 Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) conference, March 15-18 in Rochester, New York:

Teaching Literary Studies in the Women's and Gender Studies Classroom (Roundtable)

While many scholars in literary and cultural studies focus on feminist issues, the field of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGS) has coalesced into its own discipline, frequently oriented toward the social sciences and not the humanities. This roundtable will explore what the study of literature has to offer students in various classrooms (literary studies, WGS, and cross-listed courses) and to WGS more broadly. Please send abstracts to Deborah Uman, and Heather Hewett,

March 5 - 9, 2012 

 Austin, Texas  

Sheraton Austin Hotel


Proposals are due: October 21, 2011

SITE 2012 is the 23rd annual conference of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education. Join with 1,200+ colleagues from over 50 countries in Austin, Texas!
This society represents individual teacher educators and affiliated organizations of teacher educators in all disciplines, who are interested in the creation and dissemination of knowledge about the use of information technology in teacher education and faculty/staff development. SITE is a society of

The SITE Conference is designed for: 

  • Teacher educators in ALL disciplines
  • Computer technology coordinators
  • K-12 administrators & school leaders
  • Teachers 
  • Curriculum developers
  • Principals  
  •  All interested in improving education through technology  

Call for Participation PDF to Print


Organized within the framework of the Federated Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems


Szczecin, Poland, 18-21 September, 2011





Programming languages are programmers' most basic tools. With

appropriate programming languages one can drastically reduce

the cost of building new applications as well as maintaining

existing ones. In the last decades there have been many advances

in programming languages technology in traditional programming

paradigms such as functional, logic, and object-oriented programming,

as well as the development of new paradigms such as aspect-oriented

programming. The main driving force was and will be to better express

programmers' ideas. Therefore, research in programming languages is

an endless activity and the core of computer science. New language

features, new programming paradigms, and better compile-time

and run-time mechanisms can be foreseen in the future.


The aim of this event is to provide a forum for exchange of ideas and

experience in topics concerned with programming languages and systems.

Original papers and implementation reports are invited in all areas of

programming languages. Major topics of interest include but are not

limited to the following:


* Automata theory and applications,

* Compiling techniques,

* Domain-specific languages,

* Formal semantics and syntax,

* Generative and generic programming,

* Grammarware and grammar based systems,

* Knowledge engineering languages, integration of knowledge engineering and software engineering,

* Languages and tools for trustworthy computing,

* Language theory and applications,

* Language concepts, design and implementation,

* Markup languages (XML),

* Metamodeling and modeling languages,

* Model-driven engineering languages and systems,

* Practical experiences with programming languages,

* Program analysis, optimization and verification,

* Program generation and transformation,

* Programming paradigms (aspect-oriented, functional, logic, object-oriented, etc.),

* Programming tools and environments,

* Proof theory for programs,

* Specification languages,

* Type systems,

* Virtual machines and just-in-time compilation,

* Visual programming languages.





* Paper will be refereed and accepted on the basis of their scientific merit and the relevance to the workshop

* Accepted and presented papers will be included into the Conference Proceedings and   included in the IEEE Xplore® database and indexed in the DBLP.

* Extended versions of selected papers will be published as a Special Issue of the ComSIS journal    (, as well as Special Issue(s) of journal(s) to be announced later.


* Official submission system is EasyChair. Submission details:

* Information for authors:






June  19, 2011 - Submission of the full paper

July  16, 2011 - Authors Notifications

August 7, 2011 - Final Submissions and Registrations






- Ivan Lukovic, University of Novi Sad, Serbia, Chair of WAPL 2011

- Fei Cao, Microsoft, USA

- Haiming Chen, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

- Tom Dinkelaker, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany

- Johan Fabry,Universidad de Chile, Chile

- Krešimir Fertalj, University of Zagreb, Croatia

- Rémi Forax, Universite de Marne-la-Vallee, France

- Pedro Henriques, University of Minho, Portugal

- Zoltán Horváth, Eotvos Lorand University, Hungary

- Mirjana Ivanovic, University of Novi Sad, Serbia

- Jan Janousek, Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic

- Ján Kollár, Technical University Kosice, Slovakia

- Tomaž Kosar, University of Maribor, Slovenia

- Shih Hsi "Alex" Liu, California State University, USA

- Pablo MartÍnez López, Universidad Nacional de Quilmes, Argentina

- Federica Mandreoli, University of Modena, Italia

- Marjan Mernik, University of Maribor, Slovenia

- Hanspeter Mössenböck, Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, Austria

- Nikolaos Papaspyrou, National Technical University of Athens, Greece

- Maria João Varanda Pereira, Instituto Politecnico de Braganca, Portugal

- Jaroslav Porubän, Technical University Kosice, Slovakia

- José Luis Sierra RodrÍguez, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

- Vladimir Safonov, St.Petersburg University, Russia

- Boštjan Slivnik, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

- Zdzislaw Splawski, Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland


Drupal Interest Group (LITA)

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Have you just launched, or are you working on, a killer site, project, or module? Are you going to Annual? Consider giving a presentation on your latest masterpiece at the Drupal Interest Group meeting! The meeting will be on Saturday, June 25th from 1:30-3:30 in Room 242 of the Convention Center.

Drupal IG co-chair Chris Evjy and I are looking for presenters to give short (15-20 minute) presentations on recent library-related Drupal projects. If you're NOT going to be at ALA, we can consider virtual presentations as well (i.e., synchronous with Skype or prerecorded presentations).

Please forward proposals to and


Deadline for proposals: Aug. 12, 2011

Confirmed speakers
Joseph Boone, Tim Dean, Kale Fajardo, Roderick Ferguson, Brian Glavey, Scott
Herring, Eithne Lubheid, Victor Mendoza, Deborah Miranda, Jose Esteban
Munoz, Hoang Tan Nguyen, Juana Maria Rodriguez, Nayan Shah, Justin Spring,
Susan Stryker, Shane Vogel


We invite proposals for the inaugural queer studies conference at The Ohio
State University. The title is meant as an expansive call to consider a host
of issues evoked by queer places (local/global, urban/rural, North/South,
East/West, public/private, mobility/immobility), queer practices (sexual
cultures, expressive cultures, political activism, academic work), and queer
lives (biography, hagiography, psychology, sexology, history, development).
We envision the conference as an opportunity both to take stock of
inter/disciplinary trends as well as provoke new ideas and frameworks for
future work.

The inspiration for this expansiveness and reevaluation is Samuel Steward,
an OSU alum of the 1930s and the subject of Justin Spring's critically
acclaimed biography Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward,
Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade (2010). As a literary studies
academic, writer, and visual and tattoo artist, Steward lived a highly
varied life, coming into contact, and in some cases formed long-lasting
friendships, with such figures as Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, Thornton
Wilder, Andre Gide, Thomas Mann, Alfred Kinsey, Albert Camus, Christopher
Isherwood, George Platt Lynes, and Paul Cadmus. As something of a gay
Casanova (and a scrupulous archivist of his sexual encounters), Steward also
"linked in," as he might say, with such movie stars as Rudolf Valentino and
Rock Hudson.

In 1995, Steward's estate donated funds to the OSU English department to
further research in LGBTQ scholarship, but these funds have only recently
been rediscovered. To pay tribute to this queer Buckeye who studied at,
taught at, and invested in OSU, we are taking our points of departure for
panel themes from Steward's life and work. Papers may thus address any of
the following (or related) topics: 

Aestheticism, decadence, Catholicism
Archives and material culture
Biography, autobiography, life-writing
Body art and modification
Colonialism, imperialism, decolonization
Expatriatism, migration, diaspora
Genealogies, invented traditions
Performativity, self-elaboration, world-making
Popular genres (pulp, erotica, mystery novels)
Public intellectuals and subcultural lives
Queer life in the academy, 1920-present
Race and ethnicity
Regionalism (especially the Midwest)
Rural, urban, suburban sexual geographies
Sailors, seamen, and other seafarers
Sexology (especially Havelock Ellis and Kinsey)
Sexual pleasure and perversity (BDSM, porn, hustling)
Visualities (painting, photography, film)

In addition, we are planning to publish a collection of essays on Samuel
Steward after the conference. Thus, papers that focus on any aspect of
Steward's life and work are especially welcome. 

Send 500-word abstract and 2-page CV by Aug. 12, 2011 to Joe Ponce 

Direct inquiries to Debra Moddelmog or

Conference organizing committee:
Mollie Blackburn
Andrea Breau
Debanuj DasGupta
Tommy Davis
Ally Day
Nikki Engel
Meg LeMay
Chris Lewis
Corinne Martin
Debra Moddelmog
Joe Ponce
Jim Sanders
Mary Thomas
Blake Wilder
Shannon Winnubst

Natural Resources

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As you may already know that Natural Resources has now been formally launched and already received a lot of attention worldwide. For example, it has been indexed by several world class databases, such as Gale, ProQuest, CrossRef, Google Scholar and CSP, etc.

Natural Resources is a peer-reviewed and open access journal, publishing original research papers, reports, reviews and commentaries in all areas of natural resources online as well as in print.

Main Scope
    • Agricultural Resources
    • Aquatic Resource Science
    • Biological Resources
    • Chinese Medicine Resources
    • Depletion of Natural Resources
    • Ecological Interactions and Ecosystem Balance (Pollination, Herbivory, Parasitism)
    • Forest Resources
    • Marine Resources
    • Renewable and Non-renewable Natural Resources
    • Resource Economics
    • Resource Strategy
    • Resources Exploit
    • Resources Science
    • Save Natural Resources
    • Tax on Natural Resources
    • Water Natural Resources
    • Others
    • Anthropological Resources
    • Biological Control
    • Chemical Prospects (Natural Chemical Resources)
    • Climate Resources
    • Earth's Natural Resources
    • Exotic Species
    • Land Natural Resources
    • Poor and Abound in Natural Resources
    • Resource Allocation
    • Resource Security
    • Resource Survey
    • Resources Policies
    • Resources Trading
    • Sustainable Utilization and Conservation of Ecosystem Services
    • Undeveloped Natural Resources
    • Water Resources Protection
    You are cordially invited to submit your papers to this international journal. We aim to ensure the turnaround time to be less than six months. With your support, we believe that it will soon become an international leading journal. For more information, please visit the journal homepage:

    Yours sincerely,

    Yana Yi,
    NR Editorial Office,

    Natural Resources

    CALL FOR SPECIAL ISSUE on "Creating, Supporting, Managing, and Sustaining Virtual Learning Communities" for the Knowledge Management & E-Learning: An International Journal (KM&EL)


    Guest Editor

    Xun Ge, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor

    Instructional Psychology and Technology

    Department of Educational Psychology

    The University of Oklahoma

    U. S. A.




    We are living in an information-rich digital age full of wondrous power, capabilities, and possibilities of emerging technologies. Web 2.0 technologies, characterized by participatory information sharing and collaboration and users generating content and creating knowledge in virtual communities, have opened our eyes to a new open world (Bonk, 2009). Examples of web 2.0 include social networking sites, blogs, wikis, video sharing sites, virtual worlds, and digital object repositories. These emerging technologies have provided us numerous possibilities for learning and instruction and for creating engaging learning environments, optimal learning opportunities, and alternative and innovative instructional experiences for K-12 education, higher education, corporate, government, and military training. The world has entered into what Bonk (2009) describes as "We-All-Learn" trends, which encourage open participation and compel educators to reflect on learning and instruction from a new perspective. Learners are no longer passive information recipients, whose role is to memorize or consume information, but rather active participants, whose role is to direct their own learning, construct and create knowledge, and contribute to a virtual community. In this new paradigm, teachers are guides, coaches, and mentors to facilitate learning.


    However, the potentials of the emerging web 2.0 technologies have not been fully recognized and tapped. Often we find online instruction simply duplication of face-to-face lectures, in which situation technology is simply an appendage to education instead of playing a more central and transforming role. Many instructors have not changed their mindset to accommodate the participatory culture and the new paradigm of learning and instruction; and little has been done beyond posting syllabi, assignments, and grading to a learning management system or a web site that is supposed to be used for collaborative learning. It is argued that new technologies not only make us more productive, but also help us become more reflective and creative.  Most importantly, technologies have afforded us with tools to accomplish goals we would have not been able to without them. As early as in the 80s, Pea (1985) argued that technology should be used not only to amplify our thinking but also to reorganize our mental functioning. Therefore, we are prompted to fully take advantage of web 2.0 affordances to develop innovative learning environments and build virtual learning communities that will motivate and engage learners meaningfully and interactively, focusing on developing the 21st century skills that emphasize innovation, creativity, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, decision making, and problem solving. 


    Yet, using emerging technologies to build a virtual learning community (VLC) is a multifaceted innovation. It not only involves the use of new technologies, but also new methods of learning and new ways of thinking about learning and instruction. It presents multiple levels of challenges to both learners and instructors. Subsequently, there are numerous issues awaiting to be investigated, examined, studied, and addressed, including learners' perceptions, motivation and identity when participating in a VLC, strategies and methods of designing, building, managing, supporting, and evaluating a VLC in developing students' critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity, and teachers' beliefs about participatory culture of a virtual learning environment.


    This special issue of the KM&EL international journal is dedicated to the building of VLCs using emerging technologies. In this special issue, a VLC is defined as both informal, such as one that supports ongoing professional development, and formal, such as one as found in a formal course setting that lasts a semester. In this call, we invite manuscripts that report empirical studies (both quantitative and qualitative methods) of investigating issues and challenges related to the building of a VLC, the use or design of tools to scaffold the growth of a VLC, and methods and efforts to create, build, manage, sustain and evaluate a VLC. In addition, this special issue welcomes manuscripts discussing conceptual frameworks or theoretical constructs related to a VLC.  Recommended topics of interest include, but not limited to:


    Impact of a Virtual Learning Community

                 Learners/members' perceptions and their impact on their participation in a VLC

                 Learners/members' motivation in a VLC

                 Learners' identity development in a VLC

                 Teacher or a facilitator's role in a VLC

                 Role of a VLC on critical thinking and problem solving skill development

                 Impact of peer interactions on metacognition and self-regulation in a VLC

                 VLC and reflective learners


    Designing, Scaffolding, and Evaluating a Virtual Learning Community

                 Tools and strategies to build, support, manage, and sustain a VLC

                 Tools and strategies to promote identity development in a VLC

                 Tools and strategies to facilitate peer interactions, collaboration and other VLC activities

                 Tools and strategies to facilitate reflection and self-regulation in a VLC

                 Tools and strategies to support complex problem solving in a VLC

                 Tools and methods to evaluate the effectiveness of a VLC


    Conceptual Frameworks or Theoretical Constructs about a Virtual Learning Community

                 Community of learners and practice

                 Community of inquiry

                 Types of communities and their characteristics (e.g., task-based, knowledge-based, and practice-based, etc.)

                 Various constructs and factors influencing the success of a VLC



    Bonk, C. J. (2009). The world is open: How Web technology is revolutionizing education. Jossey-Base.

    Pea, R. D.  (1985). Beyond amplification: Using the computer to reorganize mental functioning. Educational Psychologist, 20(4), 167-182.


    Important Submission Dates

    Submission due: 20th August, 2011

    Notification of decision: 20th October, 2011

    Finalization: 20th November 2011

    Publication schedule: December 2011


    Submission Instructions

    Manuscripts should be sent by email to the Guest Editor, Dr. Xun Ge (

    Papers must not have been published, accepted for publication, or presently be under consideration for publication elsewhere. A standard double-blind review process will be used for selecting papers to be published in this special issue. Authors should follow the instructions outlined in the KM&EL Website (see URL

    For more information about the KM&EL, please visit the web site:



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    2011 SIG CR Workshop: Classification, Collections, and Curation
    Joseph T. Tennis and Melanie Feinberg, Co-Chairs

    Call for Papers:

    Personal computing has been rapidly advancing toward shared networking models of resources, collections of resources, and descriptions of resources. Social media abounds, from Facebook to Google's<>, from LibraryThing to Flickr and Twitter. Such services enable both individual and aggregate collections of information, enhanced through various forms of description, including classification. Driven by social media's imperatives to create, to copy, and to cite, the activity of selection, or curation, has new currency. We all collect, and we are all curators.

    Although less remarked upon, classification, we contend, shapes and directs these digital collection endeavors, providing the motive and the meaning for selection activities. To that end, we can also say that we are all classificationists.

    Given this milieu, what does classification theory tell us about the state of practice, the potentials for systems, and the constantly evolving nature of our personal and professional relationships to collections and classification?  What is the currency of classification research in relation to curation and the constant copying of digital collections? While there is a rich tradition of collecting and curating throughout and beyond the cultural heritage landscape, these literatures are often separate from the classification literature. To what extent might these activities be joined? What insights can we gain from such synergies?

    For the SIG/CR Workshop 2011, we are calling for proposals that can address these and allied concerns. Submissions are encouraged from researchers, students, practitioners across disciplines, from archives, museum studies, and knowledge organization, to cultural studies, new media, digital humanities, textual studies, and more. Surprise us.

    Accepted papers will be given at the 2011 Workshop associated with the ASIST Annual Meeting, held in New Orleans this fall.


    All accepted papers and posters will be published in the newly launched ACRO: Advances in Classification Research Online.

    Proposal Categories:
    Papers should be submitted in full, no more than 5000 words long, with title, body situated in the appropriate literature, and references.

    Poster proposals should be no more than 650 words long, in the form of an extended abstract, which includes a title, a body situated in appropriate literature, and references.

    Deadline for proposals is June 1, 2011
    Authors notified July 15, 2011
    Final versions due August 15, 2011
    Papers and poster abstracts published, September 1, 2011
    Papers and posters delivered at the workshop, TBA (sometime between October 7-12, 2011)

    Submission Process:
    Proposals should include names of authors, affiliation, and emails addresses.  Proposals can be submitted to Joseph T. Tennis at<>

    The Program Committee will referee proposals.  Authors will be notified of the committee's decision no later than July 15, 2011. All presenters must register for the workshop. Papers to appear as full text in the Advances in Classification Research Online must be submitted no later than August 15, 2011.

    Any questions or concerns, please contact Joseph T. Tennis at<> or Melanie Feinberg at<>.

    Program Committee
    Jack Andersen, Royal School, Copenhagen
    Melanie Feinberg, University of Texas at Austin
    Jonathan Furner, University of California Los Angeles
    Elin Jacob, Indiana University
    Margaret Kipp, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
    Kathryn La Barre, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Hur-Li Lee, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
    Jin Ha Lee, University of Washington
    Jens-Erik Mai, University of Toronto
    Richard Smiraglia, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
    Joseph T. Tennis, University of Washington
    Emma Tonkin, University Bath
    Megan Winget, University of Texas at Austin


    The Functional Future of Bibliographic Control

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    Special Issue of Journal of Library Metadata


    "The Functional Future of Bibliographic Control"


    Guest Editor: Dr. Shawne D. Miksa, Associate Professor, Dept. of Library and Information Sciences

    The year 2010 was designated as the Year of Cataloging Research and we made progress on studying the challenges facing metadata and information organization practices.  However, one year of research is merely a drop in the bucket. This special issue of the Journal of Library Metadata intends to address the research and issues as it concerns the functional future of metadata and information organization. 

    Topics will vary across a range of issues, including historical, practical, conceptual, educational

    ·         Re-conceptualization of bibliographic control, past and future; historical analysis of the implementation of AACR1 and AACR2

    ·         Entity-relationship models and visualizing new cataloging workflows, both conceptual and practical

    ·         How functional requirement models impact information behavior (both user and information professional) and resource discovery across information environments

    ·         Bibliographic relationships, bibliographic families; how successfully are these relationships represented using RDA, etc.

    ·         Re-defining the library catalog system--what are the boundaries of the catalog, objectives of the catalog;  pros and cons of viewing the library catalog as a catalog or as new entity altogether

    ·         How do user tasks (find, identify, select, obtain, contextualize, justify, explore/navigate)

    drive description and encoding of bibliographic data? How are they supported in the library catalog? What does it actually mean to support these tasks?

    ·         Authority control in a FRBR-based system; find, identify, contextualize, and justify; both renewed and new authority control training

    ·         Social tagging and control: the impact on subject analysis, determination, and representation

    ·         Addition of non-traditional data to bibliographic records (e.g., citation data, reviews, tag clouds, etc) whether embedded or linked

    ·          "mark it and park it" vs. functional requirements as outlined in FRBR, FRAD, and FRSAD

    ·         Interoperability between library systems, copy cataloging, outsourcing of records as impacted by choice of type of description (comprehensive, analytical, or hierarchical) in RDA

    ·         transitioning out of MARC or transitioning MARC? (e.g., see recent announcement by LC entitled "Transforming our Bibliographic Framework")

    ·         Diffusion of new tools and resources and concepts (e.g., new metadata schema, rules, frameworks, and models), within the cataloging community;  methods of diffusion, rate of adoption and understanding by information organizational professionals

    ·         RDA Implementation issues, feasibility studies, training issues, usability studies involving catalogers, reference librarians, and the end-user as they work on creating and using RDA-based records, etc., across all types of libraries.

    ·         Increased complexity of cataloging and catalog systems, including increases in authority control work, subject representation, etc., and its impact on library administration and operation costs

    ·         Appropriate methodologies for analysis of functionality success or failure

    ·         Functional future and the school library, public library, etc.

    ·         Education of information professionals for the functional future



    Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit electronically a 1-2 page proposal with names of authors, affiliation, and emails addresses.  Final revised manuscripts (3000-7000 words) are expected to be submitted by December 30, 2011. All submitted manuscripts will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis.


    Important Dates:

    Proposal submission date: June 30, 2011

    Notification of acceptance: July 30, 2011

    Completed papers due: December 30, 2011

    Publication: June 2012


    Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) to the guest editor at following addresses:


    "The Journal of Library Metadata is the exclusive forum for the latest research, innovations, news, and expert views about all aspects of metadata applications in libraries and about the role of metadata in information retrieval. This focused journal comprehensively discusses practical, applicable information that libraries can effectively use in their own information discovery environments. Specialized knowledge, the latest technology, and top research are presented pertaining specifically to evolving metadata use in libraries." More information about Journal of Library Metadata can be found online:



    Call for Submissions

    Equity and Excellence in Education Special Theme Issue


    Global and Local Perspectives on Social Justice Pedagogy:

    History, Policy, and Praxis


    Guest Editors: Thandeka K. Chapman and Nikola Hobbel


    The term "global" applies to our desire to have international representation in this special issue. All contexts are indeed "local" to those who research and participate in them, but "global" to those a continent removed. Therefore, our use of "global" and "local" in the title recognizes the diversity of geographical spaces in which social justice education take place. Additionally, we ask that articles submitted for the special issue explore the macro and micro contexts in which social justice pedagogy take place. Authors should locate their work within the greater social and political contexts that shape their research or conceptualizations of social justice education. We ask that the authors explain the tensions (support systems and/ or barriers) between the macro contexts of their district, region, state, and/or country and the micro contexts of the history, policy, or praxis of social justice pedagogy in their specific educational contexts.


    The term "social justice education" has gained significant attention in the past decade of education research. The roots and wings of critical pedagogy, such as multicultural education, anti-oppressive education, intergroup education, and women's and ethnic studies represent some key educational paradigms that have informed social justice education. Historically, educators and activists have used these and related paradigms in education to shape more equal and just educational communities, to challenge discourses of power and privilege, and to foster critical consciousness and social engagement within and beyond their communities. It is indeed this goal, to change the worlds in which we live, that will fuel this special theme issue of Equity & Excellence in Education.


    We welcome manuscripts that offer research findings, theoretical perspectives, methodological discussions, and pedagogical reflections concerning (but not limited to) the following areas:


             Empirical studies documenting social justice pedagogy in national and international contexts

             Reviews of research about social justice pedagogy from the United States and other countries, including Australia, China, Africa, Indonesia, South America, the European Union, and First Nations

             Conceptual papers synthesizing, explicating, and challenging concepts of social justice in national and international policy contexts

             Historicizations of social justice pedagogy, including historical figures/elders of the field, seminal works, and early attempts toward equity and access in education

             Reflective accounts detailing enactments of social justice pedagogy

             Research focused on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Native American Tribal Colleges

             Speculative work connecting social justice pedagogies to larger social justice aims


    SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Follow Instructions for Authors on our website ( In addition, please include a cover letter indicating that this submission is for the Global Perspectives on Social Justice Pedagogy special issue. Mail submissions so that they will be received by November 15, 2011. Please address questions to the Guest Editors at  This special issue is due to be published in February 2013.



    Call for Papers


    Springer Journal of Network and Systems Management (


    Special Issue on "Cloud Computing, Networking, and Service (CCNS) Management"


    CfP URL:


    Paper submission date: June 15, 2011


    Impact Factor: 1.356 (Q1 in Telecommunications and Q2 in Computer Science, Information Systems), Journal Citation Reports, Thomson Reuters


    When submitting please select "SI:CCNS" in Editorial Manager as article type


    Cloud computing, networking, and their related service management including grid computing (as appropriate) have recently emerged out of marketing

    hype to viable computing/networking tools for reducing infrastructure deployment and service management costs without sacrificing the quality of

    service/experience (QoS/E).


    Although the virtualization of computing and networking resources, and their self-organizing interconnection is at the heart of it, the

    methods/mechanisms/tools that are used to expose (visualization) resources and their utilization (the application programming interfaces of APIs) for

    developing anything (*) as a service (*aaS) are still ad-hoc and/or proprietary in nature. Security, privacy, and multi-tenancy support requirements

    add another dimension to the already complex set of Cloud --computing and networking-- management problems.


    This JNSM SI on CCNS management will include invited and referee-recommended papers on the following topics:


    - Cloud Applications and Services

    --> Any computing, data-storing, and networking as a service

    - API for enabling Cloud-based Services

    --> Public, Private, and Hybrid (toolkit approach) APIs

    - Virtualization (of any and all resources) and Hosting

    --> Virtualization of Clients/Desktop, Applications, Services, and Databases

    --> Distributed Intra- and Inter-Domain Storage/FileSystems/Database

    --> Distributed Intra- and Inter-Domain Scheduling of resources

    --> Resources Mobility and Multi-tenancy

    - Protocols and Interoperability

    --> Adaptive Protocols for Generic Cloud Services

    --> Inter-Domain Service-Specific Adaptive Protocols

    - Private, Public, Community, Hybrid Clouds

    --> Addressability, Networking Extensions, Service Quality Agreement

    - Cloud Service Logging and Monitoring

    --> Including Auditing and Verification

    - Soft and Hard Privacy and Security for Cloud-based Services

    --> Process, Practice and Mechanisms

    - Risk, Resiliency, and SLA (RRS) of Services in Clouds

    --> Risk-tolerance, MMTF, MMTR, etc. for Components and Apps/Services (End-to-End)

    - Cloud Service and Infrastructure Management

    --> Including Visualization, Automation, Debugging and Diagnosis

    - Reports from CCNS management Experiments and Filed Deployments

    --> University, Consortia, Industry/ Field Trials, etc.

    - Mobility Management in Cloud Computing

    --> Cloud service hosting mobility and service migration

    --> Elastic computing using mobile codes

    - Policy management in Cloud computing

    --> Regulations and export control of using Cloud computing



    Important dates


    Paper submission date: June 15, 2011

    Notification of acceptance: November 30, 2011

    Final paper due: April 15, 2012

    Publication date: September 2012



    Guest Editors


    - Bhumip Khasnabish, ZTE USA, Inc. (

    - Dijiang Huang, Arizona State University, USA (

    - Xiaoying Bai, Tsinghua University, China (

    - Paolo Bellavista, Università degli Studi di Bologna, Italy (

    - Bruno Schulze, National Lab. for Scientific Computing - LNCC, Brazil (

    - Gregorio Martinez, University of Murcia, Spain (

    - Nikos Antonopoulos, University of Derby, UK (




    Gregorio Martinez, PhD

    University of Murcia, Spain






    The South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) Women's Studies session invites papers that explore the 2011 conference theme, "The Power of Poetry in the Modern World," and its connection to Women's Studies, broadly defined. Presentations may address, among other topics, poetry in the Women's Studies classroom, poetry as feminist intervention, poetry and the construction/exploration of gender, and any other topics exploring intersections of gender, race, sexuality, and class in light of the conference theme. Though submissions focusing on the conference theme are encouraged, submissions that are not poetry-related and that focus on other aspects of gender and women's studies and/or the gender and women's studies classroom are also very welcome.

    Please submit proposals (up to 350 words) with institutional affiliation and contact information via email to Laura Davis, Kennesaw State University ( by June 10, 2011; include "SAMLA Proposal" in the subject line.

    Southern Connecticut State University


    Women's Studies Program




    The 20th Annual Women's Studies Conference

    "Women and Labor: At Home, At Work, Around the Globe"


    To be held on the campus of Southern Connecticut State University

    Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21




    Our 20th annual conference addresses one perennial struggle in women's movements across the globe: labor.  As we witness this spring the surge of labor movements in the U.S. as labor is challenged--specifically, unionized & feminized labor, we also receive findings, just released in May 2011 by Ms. Foundation for Women, that women are bearing the brunt of today's economic crisis.  More than ever, women's labor is at the forefront of our struggles.  In a different part of the world, we continue to observe women's critical contribution to what is now called the Arab Awakening.  Yet we, too, see little representation of women in the wake of the Egyptian revolution.  By all accounts, the report cards on women and labor have made less than significant progress over the decades.  In this annual conference, we invite colleagues and activists to take a close look at all issues concerning women and labor, in both private and public domains as well

    as globally and locally.  Employed as a category of analysis in women's and gender studies, feminist analyses of gender and labor do not simply travel throughout diverse communities and academic disciplines in the U.S., but they also travel globally, generating significant connections with other fields.  With this conference, we will have an opportunity to examine the body of activist and scholarly feminist work on women and labor.  What aspect of labor continues to be the struggle that women share across the race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, nationality divide?   How might we begin to talk about women and labor without collapsing the multicultural, heterogeneous, global and transnational within us?  How have women contributed their labor artistically, culturally, and politically, in our communities as well as around the globe?  What challenges do women and girls across races, classes, religions, and cultures face in an increasingly

     globalizedworld?  Going forward, what might labor as a site of knowledge production further benefit our work and struggle in the human community?  What are some of the best practices?   




    In keeping with the conference theme, suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

    Women, Technology, & Labor                                       

    Motherhood & Labor

    Women & Labor Movements                                         

    Working Women and Childcare/Elder Care

    Sexism& Racism in Labor                                              

    Single, Childless Women's Labor

    Women and Sex Labor                                                 

    Women, Labor, & Heterosexist Privilege

    Women & Child Labor                                                 

    Women's Labor & Leadership

    Gender, Race, Class & Labor                                         

    Women, Health, and Labor

    Women's Movements & Labor                                      

    Ethnography & Women & Labor

    21st Century Slavery                                                       

    Women, Labor, Academe

    Then and Now: Women and Labor                               

    Women's Labor and the Arab Awakening

    Women, Community, & Labor                                      

    Women and Care Economy

    Indigenous Women and Labor                                       

    Women & Domestic Labor                   

    Women & Emotional/Care Work                                  

    Women and Unions

    Women, Labor, and Resistance                                       

    Women and Volunteerism

    Women, Immigration, Labor                                         

    Women's Labor in Fashion Industries

    Labor and Violence against Women                                 

    Women & Food Production/Industries  

    Women and Unemployment                                          

    Girls, Young Women and Labor Market

    Wage Gap and Glass Ceiling                                          

    Women, Labor, and Artistic Expression

    Women, Labor, Incarceration                                         

    Women's Labor across/between Worlds


    We also invite your ideas and suggestions.  Conference sessions will juxtapose cultural, generational, and geopolitical perspectives for the collective re-examination of narratives on women and labor.  Expect serious fun through meals and performance, with women, girls and their allies speaking of their struggles and power.



    Submission Deadline: Postmarked by December 1, 2011


    Please submit proposals and supporting materials to:


    Women's Studies Conference Committee

    Women's Studies Program, EN B 229

    Southern Connecticut State University

    501 Crescent Street

    New Haven, CT 06515


    Or via E-mail to:

 , with attention to Conference Committee.  If you have any questions, please call the Women's Studies office at (203) 392-6133.

    Please include name, affiliation, E-mail, standard mailing address, and phone number. Proposals should be no longer than one page, with a second page for identification information. Panel Proposals are welcome.


    The Annual Women's Studies Conference at SCSU is self-supporting; all presenters can pre-register at the discounted presenter's fee.  The fee includes all costs for supporting materials, entrance to keynote events, and all meals and beverage breaks. 


    Language, Literature and the Practice of Democracy

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    Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

    March 15-18, 2012

    Rochester, New York - Hyatt Rochester

    Host Institution:  St. John Fisher College

    Keynote speaker:  Jennifer Egan, 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner, A Visit from the Goon Squad


    Language, Literature and the Practice of Democracy


    Philosopher Martha Nussbaum in her recent book, Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities, observes that "[d]istracted by the pursuit of wealth, we increasingly ask our schools to turn out useful profit-makers rather than thoughtful citizens.  Under pressure to cut costs, we prune away just those parts of the educational endeavor that are crucial to preserving a healthy society."  The manner by which the humanities cultivate cross-cultural sympathy becomes then "a particularly dangerous enemy of obtuseness and moral obtuseness is necessary to carry out programs of economic development that ignore inequality.  It is easier to treat people as objects to be manipulated if you have never learned any other way to see them."


    This conflict between the pragmatic or technical over the intellectual also interested Paul Freire, who discussed the integration of conformity into the curriculum over "the practice of freedom;" bell hooks, who insisted that those of us "who continue to work to educate for the practice of freedom, see first-hand the ways that democratic education is being undermined as the interests of big business and corporate capitalism encourage students to see education solely as a means to achieve material success;" Henry Giroux, who certainly spoke of the political function of the educator; and John Dewey, who argued that "democracy has to be born anew in each generation, and education is its midwife."


    This panel seeks to understand the relationship between the humanities and the practice of democracy, focusing on the tendency in U.S. education to privilege the pragmatic/technical over the intellectual.  How do we assess the role of the humanities at this moment?  How do we ensure the centrality of the humanities in the college curriculum?  How do we express or bear witness to the humanities as integral to the practice of democracy?  What is the role of feminist theory and feminist pedagogy in the humanities and across democratic institutions?


    Please forward questions and abstracts (500 words) to:


    Elizabeth M. Huergo, Ph.D.

    English Professor

    Montgomery College<>


    Deadline:  September 30, 2011

    Please include with your abstract:

    Name and Affiliation

    Email address

    Postal address

    Telephone number

    A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee with registration)


    The 43rd annual convention will be held March 15-18th in Rochester, New York, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel downtown, located minutes away from convenient air, bus, and train transportation options for attendees. St. John Fisher College will serve as the host college, and the diverse array of area institutions are coordinating with conference organizers to sponsor various activities, such as celebrated keynote speakers, local events, and fiction readings.


    Building upon the excellence of past NeMLA conferences, the association continues to grow as a vibrant community of scholars, thanks to the wide array of intellectual and cultural opportunities at every venue. Compact yet diverse, Rochester also boasts important historical connections; it is the site of the home, publication operations, and orations of Frederick Douglass, where he edited the North Star, as well as his eponymous periodical, and delivered the speech, "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?". Visitors can explore the houses of abolitionist, suffragette, and reformer Susan B. Anthony and the inventor of devices popularizing photography, George Eastman, as well as shopping and eateries; attendees will also be within reach of the beautiful Finger Lakes region, known for its local wineries.


    Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.

    Deadline extended to July 15, 2011.
    The ALA/AASL Educators of Library Media Specialists Section (ELMSS) of the
    American Association of School Librarians invites submissions for papers
    to be reviewed through a blind, juried process. Selected papers will be
    presented at the 15th Annual Conference of the American Association of
    School Librarians to be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota from October 27-30,
    Educational reform of instructional practice is on the cusp of restoring a
    balance between authentic teaching and assessment for accountability. The
    Common Core Standards movement and a new generation of assessments from
    the U.S. Department of Education will replace teaching to multiple choice
    tests that narrow curriculum content and constrain critical thinking,
    creativity, and collaboration.  Papers that are selected position school
    libraries in the context of educational reform that addresses issues such
    as, but not limited to, emerging adolescent literacy (grades 4-12);
    digital literacy; differentiation and intervention to address individual
    learning needs; collaboration for teaching and learning; critical
    thinking, innovation, and creativity; and learning content and
    competencies through inquiry.
    Papers should be original research that focuses on school library practice
    and related subjects, or school librarianship, and be within a 5,000 word
    limit using APA style. Research in progress that reports preliminary
    findings is accepted. Please submit papers in electronic form to Carol
    Gordon, Deadline for submission is July 15, 2011
    at 11:59 EST. Papers for presentations will be accepted and evaluated on
    an on-going basis until the deadline. Authors of the selected papers will
    be contacted on August 1, 2011.


    Proposal Submission Deadline: July 30, 2011

    A book edited by

    Dr. Shuyan Wang & Dr. Taralynn Hartsell

    The University of Southern Mississippi, USA


    To be published by IGI Global:



    An effective technology leader should be a public advocate for the use of technology in various organizations, capable of providing guidance in various aspects of using technologies such as technology plans, professional development, academic and grant writing, and other responsibilities. A technology leader should be fully involved in creating a technology plan that provides direction for the successful integration of technology into the existing educational environment with an eye toward the future.  For the technology leader, facilitating and organizing professional training to faculty and staff members in keeping up with the development of technologies is a vital role. Professional development not only involves the actual training that educators receive for learning new skills and strategies, but also requires instruction that assist educators to impact student/classroom learning.  Among other responsibilities at research intensive institutions such as universities, technology leaders are expected to conduct research, write and publish manuscripts in peer-viewed journals, and secure external funding to promote technology integration.  Because of the high demands of today's leaders, understanding how to effectively manage time as a professional is difficult.  Further, learning what each task encompasses is also difficult without some prior knowledge of the processes.  By better understanding each of these tasks, individuals will be able to manage their time more effectively and have a foundational knowledge to assist them with engaging in these activities. Full understanding of one's responsibilities in the field is important for a technology leader to ensure successful technology integration.  Without knowledge of one's roles and responsibilities in the position, performing routine tasks may become difficult.

    This proposed book provides detailed information on these aspects.  The book will serve as a reference for technology professionals or leaders in the education field to make certain that he/she performs all of the tasks and obligations necessary.  As the technology leader reads through the chapters, he/she will obtain a sense of structure and basic information on designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating technology projects to ensure maximum success.


    Objectives of the Book

                    The objectives of this proposed book are two-fold.  One objective is that the technology professional will be able to identify and define theoretical aspects of technology leadership.  The proposed book will include sections that not only provide general information, but also the major components, procedures, and evaluations of creating a technology plan, conducting professional development, performing academic and grant writing, and discussing the responsibilities of the technology leader.  The second objective is to provide the technology leader with concepts, tools, strategies, and applications through reference citations.  These types of resources accommodate the theoretical aspects of the book as the technology professional practices the tasks that have been discussed.  In short, the book is intended to guide the new technology professional into performing all of the roles and responsibilities appropriated to him/her.  Furthermore, the book serves as a systematic introduction to the profession as a whole for those studying to become technology leaders in education.


    Target Audience

                    The target audience includes technology coordinators, technology specialists, educators, trainers, and administrators working in K-20 settings in various disciplines (e.g., education, corporate training, instructional technology, workforce development).  Almost every institution has someone who acts as a technology leader from organizing technology training to employees toward developing complete technology systems (e.g., computer labs, networks/telecommunications).  Thus, this reference book would be applicable to anyone who is in this role of integrating technology for teaching, training, or learning purposes.  The book may also be adopted for support of educational technology related subjects in advanced graduate degrees.  Graduate programs in administration or instructional technology would be likely audiences for this book because of its broad content.


    The book will be divided into six sections, each consisting of 4-6 chapters.  The book will cover topics such as creating technology plans, planning for professional development activities, writing grants and academic publications, and defining responsibilities that a technology leader would need to fulfill. This book evolved as a graduate course project in which several students began writing chapters for the book that helped dictate the book outline.  Nonetheless, several topics in this area are still missing in addition to the ones proposed by the student authors.  To make certain that a complete volume of topics are covered in this important area of technology leadership, we are looking for authors to write about these areas (or additional ones proposed by the author).  Some topics given below are very general, and we encourage authors to write chapters that may focus on one particular aspect.


    Section One: Defining Technology Leadership

                    Historical Evolvement of Technology Leaders

                    Roles Technology Leaders Hold in Various Organizations

                    Role in Managing and Supporting Technology


    Section Two: Technology Planning for the Technology Leader

    Definition and Development of a Technology Plan

    Needs Assessment/Goals and Objectives

    Implementation Process of the Technology Plan

    Assessment, Evaluation, and Revision of the Technology Plan

    Analysis and Comparison of Existing Technology Plans


    Section Three: Leading the Professional Development

    Professional Development for Technology Integration

    Designing a Professional Development Program

    Implementing the Professional Development Program

    Evaluating and Reviewing the Professional Development Program

    Analysis and Comparison of Effective and Non-effective Programs


    Section Four: Academic and Grant Writing

    Educational Research Considerations for the Technology Leader

    Academic Writing and Publishing for the Technology Leader

    Securing External Funding

    Dissemination of Practice


    Section Five: Responsibilities of a Technology Leader

    Roles of a Technology Leader

    Evaluation, Management, and Support

    Personnel Management

    Handling Unexpected Problems and Issues

    Leadership Issues Concerning Instructional Technology


    Section Six: Trends and Future Directions

    Case Studies of Technology Implementation by Technology Leaders

    Future Directions in Technology Leadership

    Professional Resources for Technology Leaders


    Submission Procedure

    Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before July 30, 2011, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by August 15, 2011 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by November 30, 2011. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.



    This book is scheduled to be 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 This publication is anticipated to be released in 2012.


    Important Dates

    July 30, 2011:                      Proposal Submission Deadline

    August 15, 2011:               Notification of Acceptance

    November 30, 2011:       Full Chapter Submission

    January 15, 2012:              Review Results Returned

    February 15, 2012:           Revised Chapter Submission

    March 15, 2012:                Final Acceptance Notifications

    April 15, 2012:                    Final Chapter Submission

    May 30, 2012:                    Final Deadline


    Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) by mail to:


    Dr. Shuyan Wang            

    Associate Professor

    The University of Southern Mississippi

    Department of Technology Education

    118 College Drive #5036

    Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001

    Phone: 601-266-4446

    Fax:   601-266-5957



    Dr. Taralynn Hartsell      

    Associate Professor

    The University of Southern Mississippi

    Department of Technology Education

    118 College Drive #5036

    Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001

    Phone: 601-266-4446

    Fax:   601-266-5957


    Call for Chapters



    Dr. Carina S. González
    University of La Laguna, Spain

    Proposals Submission Deadline: May 31, 2011
    Full Chapters Due: July 21, 2011
    Submission Date: November 15, 2011





    Usability is a key factor in the ability of students to efficiently and effectively acquire knowledge and skills from interactive systems. Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) provides a set of concepts and methodologies that has advanced our understanding and design of interactive systems, especially ones based on computers, devices and displays. The design of e-learning systems should take into account the characteristics, needs and abilities of users who interact with the virtual learning environments.

    Educators increasingly are using sophisticated computer games to snag and hold the interest of the "digital natives" in their classrooms. The aim of educational games is to facilitate the player's experience, meet desired objectives, and allow users to engage in education while they are enjoying themselves. Educational games seem to put learners in the role of decision maker and give them immediate feedback on their action and decisions, inviting exploration and experimentation.

    Well-designed educational computer games share characteristics with effective e-learning environments, and can also be evaluated and designed using HCI principals. Like the design of e-learning systems and other virtual environments, the design of games must take users into account. For example, elements in playability--including challenge, strategy, pace, balance, control, and progress tracking--occupy a central role in video-game design, attracting users and engaging them in play. While a heuristic may help in design, user testing is essential for measuring success.

    Also, both e-learning systems and games are being transformed as applications are developed for new environments (like virtual immersive learning environments, video-conferencing) and devices (including mobiles and iPads). These technologies may change patterns of interaction and make ubiquitous learning possible.

    Objective of the Book

    This book covers the new models of interaction and HCI paradigms applied to learning environments, focusing on the usability design and evaluation of learning systems and educational game environments.

    This book will aim to provide relevant theoretical frameworks and the latest empirical research findings in the area.  It will help experts of the area of HCI, learning systems and educational video-games improve their understanding of student experiences with new learning-gaming environments and allow researchers and developers to share techniques for the design and evaluation of educational games and interactive systems.  

    Target Audience

    The target audience of this book will be composed of professionals and researchers working in the field of learning and gaming systems in various disciplines, e.g.  computer science and information technology,  information and communication sciences, education, graphic design, video-games, sociology, and others. Moreover, the book will provide insights and support to professionals and researchers--particularly those who specialize in HCI, Computer Science, and educational systems--in different types of work communities and environments.

    Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Student model (usability/playability/learnability)- conceptual framework
    • Interaction model in learning-gaming environment
    • Computer Supported Collaborative Learning in virtual worlds and games
    • Immersive learning
    • Usability in e-learning systems
    • Usability in educational game environments
    • User-Centered Design in learning-gaming systems
    • Designing and evaluating educational computer games
    • Usability in new environments (virtual immersive learning environments, video-conference, ...) and devices (mobiles, iPads, wii,...)
    • Mobile learning and ubiquitous learning
    • Adaptive learning interfaces
    • Adaptive interfaces to users with special needs
    • Techniques and technologies in learning-gaming systems
    • Evaluation of user experience in learning environments
    • Experiences with learning-gaming systems

    Submission Procedure

    Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before May 31, 2011, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by June 15, 2011 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by July 21, 2011. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis.

    Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.


    This book is scheduled to be published in 2012 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

    Important Dates

    May 31, 2011:  Proposal Submission Deadline
    June 15, 2011:    Notification of Acceptance
    July 21, 2011:    Full Chapter Submission
    October 15, 2011:    Review Results Returned
    November 15, 2011:    Final Chapter Submission

    Editorial Advisory Board Members:

    Aurora Vizcaino Barceló. Universidad de Castilla La Mancha (España)
    Beatriz Barros. Universidad de Málaga (España)
    Carina Soledad González González. Universidad de La Laguna (España)
    Carine Webber. Universy of Caxias do Sul. (Brasil)
    César Alberto Collazos Ordóñez. Universidad de Cauca (Colombia)
    Cristian Ruso. Universidad Católica de Valparaiso (Chile)
    Enric Mor Pera. Universidad Oberta de Catalunya (España)
    Evelio González. Universidad de La Laguna (España)
    Francisco Gutierrez Vela. Universidad de Granada (España)
    Ivon Arroyo. University of Massachussent (USA)
    José Luis González Sánchez. Universidad de Granada (España)
    Lorenzo Moreno Ruiz. Universidad de La Laguna (España)
    Maggie M. Wang. University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Manuel Castro Gil. Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (España)
    Manuel Ortega Cantero. Universidad de Castilla La Mancha (España)
    Marcelo Milrad. Linnaeus University (LNU) (Sweden).
    Marianne Björn. Linnaeus University (LNU) (Sweden)
    Muriel Garreta. Universidad Oberta de Catalunya (España)
    Natalia Padilla Zea. Universidad de Granada (España)
    Pedro Toledo. Universidad de La Laguna (España)
    Vanesa Muñoz. Universidad de La Laguna (España)

    Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document):

    Dr. Carina Soledad González González
    Department of Eng. of Systems and Automatic and Architecture and Computer Technology.
    La Laguna-38204. Spain
    Tel.: +34 922318284/87 • Fax: +34 922318288


    Chapter Proposal Deadline: June 5, 2011

    A book edited by


    Patricia Ordóñez de Pablos,

    The University of Oviedo, Spain


    Robert D Tennyson

    University of Minnesota, USA


    Jon G. Hall

    The Open University, UK


    Waldemar Karwowski

    University of Central Florida, USA


    Lucia Rapanotti

    The Open University, UK



    To be published by IGI Global



    The semantic web is a vision for the future in which web-content can be manipulated by automated systems for analysis and synthesis. Compare this to the current web where information is published mainly for human consumption andalthough web pages are readable, browsers are only able to interpret HTML markup to visualize the content. Since the three most difficult tasks (content interpretation, selection, and management) can currently only be done by humans, the semantic web will redress the balance between machine and human, bringing these three most difficult tasks.

    This book provides an introduction and in-depth analysis of the important concepts which underpin this change. It covers semantics: the technologies; the deep web; reasoning; content searching; voice-video-speech (VVS) searching; multimedia;  social media, domain-oriented applications; and others.

    The subject area is a combination of Web Semantic, Business, Management, and Information Systems.


    Objective of the Book

    The book intends to be an international platform to bring together practitioners, academics, researchers, decision makers, those in government, policy makers and practitioners from different backgrounds to share new theories, research findings and case studies, enhancing understanding and collaboration in semantic web and the role of information technologies and analyse recent developments in theory and practice.


    Indicative content

    Much innovation has occurred, but much remains to be achieved, to underpin the semantic web vision and to bring its arrival forward. Currently, key technologies include those for the fine grained description of electronically served content. With fine grained descriptions, automated processing is possible. One proposed vocabulary is RDF, which enables the description of resources and the relationships between them. The main point of RDF is that the relationships between resources are globally identified by URIs. The semantic web approach breaks the concept of a web page as the smallest unit of information to enable the creation of resource descriptions with finer granularity. For example, instead of the homepage of a person, it would be possible to refer to the phone number of that person. In the case of textual information, that break-up is more affordable, although not easy, given that it is possible to access to paragraphs, words, etc. facilitating syntactic searches from keywords. In this way, traditional search engines do a reasonably good job to access text based information.


    In this way it is possible to establish standardised relationships schemas which reflect the definition of concepts and relationships between them. To that end RDF Schema and afterwards OWL, were developed. OWL has been developed with the goal to provide a common language for ontology definition and has acquired some popularity in the knowledge representation field. It is mainly based on the Description Logic formalism, a subset of first order predicate logic. The development of ontologies in a decentralized way will facilitate the integration of data from different sources and different kinds of applications and there are already a number of ontologies for different purposes and domains.


    In other areas, such as multimedia information, the minimum unit of information is much more difficult to define and challenges remain to produce tools that index for use the contents of, say, an image or video. It is necessary to provide other means to add semantics to these kinds of resources.


    Target Audience

    The audience for such a book

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    Recommended topics


    Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:


    o             Digital libraries

    o             Hypertext and hypermedia semantic

    o             Information security in semantic processing

    o             Knowledge Management

    o             Languages (RDF, RDF Schema, OWL, etc)

    o             Learning (individual, group, organizational level, industry-academia)

    o             Ontology for semantic interoperability

    o             Ontology learning

    o             Ontology mapping

    o             Ontology visualization

    o             Ontology-based evaluation

    o             Progressive ontologies

    o             Scalability to the Web level

    o             Semantic applications/platforms/tools

    o             Semantic blogs

    o             Semantic content searching

    o             Semantic deep web

    o             Semantic interfaces

    o             Semantic interoperability

    o             Semantic multimedia

    o             Semantic networking

    o             Semantic reasoning

    o             Semantic social media

    o             Semantic wikis

    o             Semantic-based pruning

    o             Semantics harmonization

    o             Standard activities


    The book will be structured into 6 main sections:


    A) Semantic Web Concepts and Frameworks

    B) Semantic Technologies

    C) Semantic Multimedia

    D) Semantic Deep Web

    E) Semantic Web Applications

    F) Challenges and Opportunities for the Future


    Submission Procedure

    Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before June 5, 2011, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter.  Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by June 15, 2011 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines.  Full chapters are expected to be submitted by July 30, 2011.  All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis.  Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.



    This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference) and "Medical Information Science Reference" imprints.  For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit  This publication is anticipated to be released in 2012.


    Important Dates

    June 5, 2011:                                    Book Chapter Proposal Submission

    June 15, 2011:                         Review Results Returned

    July 30, 2011                                     Full Chapter Submission

    September 10, 2011                        Review Results Returned


    Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically to:


    Dr.  Patricia Ordoñez de Pablos

    University of Oviedo, Spain


    With CC to


    Robert D. Tennyson

    University of Minnesota, USA


    Jon G. Hall

    The Open University, UK


    Waldemar Karwowski

    University of Central Florida, USA


    Lucia Rapanotti

    The Open University, UK




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    To make inquiries or to apply for the position, please contact Eve Nyren at

    Applications are due by June 15, 2011.

    International Relations Round Table (IRRT) International Leads Editor
    Volunteer Position Available Beginning June 2011 after the ALA Annual
    Conference in New Orleans.

    Do you want to play a significant role in promoting international librarianship and the activities of the International Relations Round Table? You can do so by volunteering to serve a two-year term as the editor of IRRT's official publication International Leads (IL).  The position will begin in June 2011 after the Annual Conference in New Orleans.

    IL Editor Description:

    The Editor of International Leads is responsible for the official organ of the International Relations Round Table, in conjunction with the IRRT Publications Committee and the IRRT Executive Board.

    The purpose of IL is to disseminate information about international librarianship and the activities of the Round Table. IL seeks to support Round Table and Association objectives by bringing IRRT's members news and articles that help them understand and react to recent developments in international librarianship.

    Because IL is the official publication of the IRRT, the editor has a particular responsibility to convey to IRRT members and other readers full and accurate information on the activities, purpose and goals of the Round Table. Previous issues are available on the IRRT website at:

    IL is published quarterly, edited by a member volunteer and printed through the production facilities of ALA's Publishing Services Department. It is indexed in Wilson Omnifile.

    The IL Editor will serve a two-year term, renewable once.  The term begins at the end of the ALA Annual Conference in June 2011 and runs for two calendar (volume) years.


    Coordinate International Leads working with the IRRT Publications Committee and the IRRT Executive Board.

    Have responsibility for the content, form and design of IL within the parameters of ALA and IRRT policies and in consultation with the IRRT Publications Committee, the IRRT Executive Board, the ALA International Relations Office (IRO).

    Seek manuscripts and encourage the submission of high-quality articles.

    Review all submitted manuscripts in light of the philosophy, purpose, and general style of the publication.  Correspond with authors regarding acceptable, rewriting and resubmission, or rejection of articles.

    Edit and proof manuscript copy.

    Assume final authority for all content in each issue of IL.

    Serve as a non-voting, ex-officio member of the IRRT Publications Committee
    and the IRRT Executive Board.


    Experience in publishing and/or journalism, either in editing or writing, sufficient to be able to produce a high-quality publication that addresses interests of the readership.

    Effective communication skills.

    Experience in or demonstrated knowledge of international librarianship.

    Membership in the International Relations Round Table.

    Attendance at both the ALA Midwinter Conference and the ALA Annual
    Conference is required.

    Reports to:

    IRRT Publications Committee
    IRRT Executive Board

    To make inquiries or to apply for the position, please contact Eve Nyren, Chair-elect of IRRT. Applications should include a brief statement about your interest in the position and a description of your skills and background relevant to the position.  Please include a current resume or CV.  Applications are due by June 15, 2011 for review by the IRRT Executive Board. Applications in electronic format by email are preferable.   Candidate interviews will be held at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans on Saturday afternoon, June 25, 2011.

    Eve Alison Nyren
    IRRT Chair-elect, 2010-2011
    Manager, Rocklin Public Library
    5460 Fifth Street
    Rocklin, CA
    The Journal of Web Librarianship is pleased to announce an upcoming special issue on the topic of data curation, edited by Susan Sharpless Smith.

    Data curation, "the active and on-going management of data through its lifecycle of interest and usefulness to scholarly and educational activities across the sciences, social sciences, and the humanities," is an emerging field that brings new opportunities and challenges for libraries. The growing movement to effectively manage, archive, preserve, retrieve and reuse research data is one that compliments traditional library missions to preserve and access information. This special issue will explore issues surrounding this new arena. The issue's scope includes but is not limited to:
    • Data curation theory and practice
    • Roles for research libraries and librarians
    • Data storage infrastructures
    • Libraries as partners in data curation strategies
    • Data stewardship
    • Sustainability of long term data management programs
    • Ontologies for data integration
    • Realizing goals for reuse and combination of datasets
    • Education and skills required for data curators
    • Discovery and retrieval systems
    • Data repositories
    • Looking to the future
    Susan Smith is  Director of Research, Instruction & Technology Services / Senior Librarian at Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University.  She recently completed the third edition of Web-based instruction: A guide for libraries (Chicago: American Library Association) and has published numerous articles and book chapters.

    Query letters and preliminary proposals are welcome any time if potential authors would like to discuss their ideas with the issue editor. Please submit queries and manuscripts to guest editor Susan Smith at Please refer to the JWL web site, for Instructions for Authors.

    Issue Timeline:
    Initial Manuscript Submission deadline: January 1, 2012
    Notices to authors: April, 2012
    Final Acceptance: June, 2012
    Issue Publication: October, 2012

    The Journal of Web Librarianship
    Susan Smith, Special Issue Editor
    Jody Condit Fagan, Editor

    Multimedia Encyclopedia of Women in Today's World

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    We are inviting academic editorial contributors to the Multimedia
    Encyclopedia of Women in Today's World, a new online library reference
    that will look at women today around the world and delve into the contexts
    of being female in the 21st century. Thus the scope of the encyclopedia
    will focus on women's status starting in approximately 2000 and look

    The new work will supplement the 4-volume print and online edition of the
    encyclopedia recently published. The 250 signed entries (with
    cross-references and recommended readings) will cover issues in
    contemporary women's and gender studies and the articles will include
    information relevant to the following academic disciplinary contexts:
    women in different cultures/countries; arts and media; business and
    economics; criminal justice; education; family studies; health; media;
    military; politics; science and technology; sports; environmental studies;
    and religion.

    This comprehensive project is being published in stages by SAGE Reference
    and will be marketed to academic and public libraries as a digital product
    available to students via the library's electronic services. The General
    Editors, who will be reviewing each submission to the project, are Dr.
    Mary Zeiss Stange of Skidmore College, and Dr. Carol K. Oyster of the
    University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

    SAGE Publications offers an honorarium ranging from SAGE book credits for
    smaller articles up to a free set of the printed product or access to the
    online product for contributions totaling 10,000 words or more.

    We are making final assignments that are due June 13, 2011. The following
    articles are available for contribution:


    Abdi, Dekha Ibrahim     750
    Ardajoun, Colonel Fatma-Zohra     750
    Birth Defects 1200
    Ceramics [women in]    1,000
    Combat, Women in, Iraq and Afghanistan    1,200
    Davis-Kimball, Jeanine    750
    Ella1     800
    Fake, Caterina     750
    Genetics [women in]    1,100
    Guns and Gun Use        1,000
    Gupte, Lalita     750
    Hamilton, Vijali    750
    International Women's Brass Conference    800
    Little Dragon    800
    Markowitz, Jessica     750
    Minashita, Kiriu     750
    Morga, Alicia    750
    Morparia, Kalpana    750
    Musiimenta, Peace     750
    Oceanography/Marine Biology [women in]    1,100
    Parra, Alondra de la     750
    Persad-Bissessar, Kamla    750
    Radio Monalisa     800
    Roundtable for Women in Foodservice (RWF)     800
    Sappho'nun Kizlari    750
    Seronde, Adele    750
    Sharkey,Tina    750
    Sinha, Rashmi    750
    Sy, Oumou     750
    Tatarstan    800
    Traore, Rokia     750
    Trash Fashion development for women (as economic incentive)    1,000
    Trott, Mena    750
    Wannier, Louise     750

    If you would like to contribute to building a truly outstanding reference
    with the Multimedia Encyclopedia of Women in Today's World, please contact
    me by the e-mail information below.

    Thanks very much.

    Sue Moskowitz
    Director of Author Management
    Golson Media



    January 30 - February 4, 2012 - Valencia, Spain



    General page:


    Call for Papers:



    Submission deadline: September 5, 2011


    Sponsored by IARIA,



    Extended versions of selected papers will be published in IARIA Journals:



    Please note the Poster Forum and Work in Progress options.


    The topics suggested by the conference can be discussed in term of concepts, state of the art, research, standards, implementations, running experiments, applications, and industrial case studies. Authors are invited to submit complete unpublished papers, which are not under review in any other conference or journal in the following, but not limited to, topic areas.


    All tracks are open to both research and industry contributions, in terms of Regular papers, Posters, Work in progress, Technical/marketing/business presentations, Demos, Tutorials, and Panels.


    Before submission, please check and conform with the Editorial rules:



    ICDS 2012 Topics (topics and submission details: see CfP on the site)



    Citizen-centric disruptive and enabling technologies


    Wireless and user mobility; Ubiquitous systems; On-line interactions; User-centric services, applications, eLearning; High speed electronics, storage, networking eHealth and nano medicine; Biological informatics and computing


    Internet and Web services


    IP-based networking and applications; Best effort and QoS/SLA; WWW, Web Services, Semantic Web; eLearning and mobile learning; Service-oriented platforms; Peer-to-Peer Systems and applications; Web-advertising and Web-publishing Multimedia and Webcasting


    eGovernment services in the context of digital society


    e-Government strategies; Citizen-Government eModels; Special applications and services of eGovernment; ePayment, eTax administration; eVoting, eCitizen identity cards; Social e-financial projects; Educating eHealth; Homeland security and public records; eGarbage collection of private records; Metrics for eGovernment projects and services; Benefits of eGovernment; On-line social networking; Financing e-Government e-Governance; From e-Government to m-Government (mobile-Governemet); e-Environment


    eCommerce and eBusiness


    On-line shopping frameworks; Trust, privacy, security; Internet macro and micro payment systems; On-line banking; Agent-based e-commerce; eBusiness models and costs; eBusiness applications; Infrastructure for e-Commerce; Mobile commerce


    Citizen-oriented digital evidence


    Processing citizen-oriented electronic evidence (acquisition, preservation, analysis); Multimedia documents ( X-rays, radiology, biometrics, and surveillance data); Medical digital forensics; Classic and 3D medical documents; DNA profiling; Genetic and biocomputing; Forensic and data mining; Predictive data modeling; Biological data and privacy; Digital forensics tools


    Consumer-oriented devices and services


    Mobile TV and IPTV; Consumer-oriented e-commerce; Smart and digital homes; Wearable devices; Smart consumer appliances; Speech enable appliances; Consumer accessibility appliances and services


    Intelligent computation


    Theories of agency and autonomy; Intelligent techniques, logics, and systems; Evolutionary computation; Autonomic and autonomous systems; Autonomic computing and autonomic networking; Ubiquitous and ambient computing; Computational economics; Protecting and preventing computing; High performance computing; Service-oriented computing; Multi-agent based computing; Cluster computing and performance; Artificial intelligence


    Networking and telecommunications


    Networking and telecommunications technologies; Wireless, mobility and multimedia systems; Internet and Web Services technologies; Systems performance, security, and high availability; Communications protocols (SIP/H323/MPLS/IP); Specialized networks (GRID/P2P/Overlay/Ad hoc/Sensor); Advanced services (VoIP/IPTV/Video-on-Demand); Advanced paradigms (SOA/WS/on-demand)


    eDefense for security and protection


    Knowledge for global defense; Security in network, systems, and applications; Trust, privacy, and safeness; Business continuity and availability; Cryptography and algorithms encryption; Rapid Internet attacks and network; Applications and network vulnerabilities


    Enforced citizen-centric paradigms


    Data-centered information systems; User-centric information systems; Pervasive and ubiquitous systems; Mobile learning and communications; Open and distance education systems


    Computational advertising


    Computational linguistics; Linguistic signal processing; Statistical properties of community structures; Semantic contextual advertising; Relevance and click feedback; Searching dense and isolated submarkets; Latent factor models; Semantic relatedness; Personalized ad delivery; Processing over query-dependent functions; Inverse document frequency; Query-biased summarization; Pseudo-relevance feedback; Classification of rare queries; Page ranking


    Management and control


    Digital telecommunications management; Control and monitoring systems; Measurement and management systems; Human/Machine interface and man-in-the-loop control; Energy and power systems control; Self-monitoring, self-diagnosing, self-management systems


    Digital analysis and processing


    Digital information processing (Voice/Data/Video); Computer graphics and animation; Virtual reality/3D graphics/Games; Computer modeling/simulation; Graphic/Image/Photo/Hand-writing analysis and processing; Pattern recognition / Computer vision; Natural language processing / robust processing; Speech recognition and processing


    Mobile devices and biotechnologies


    Robotics/Mobile devices/ Mobile networks; Handled and wearable computing and devices; Vehicular navigation and control; Nanotechnologies/Systems-on-the-chip/Networks-on-the-chip/ Haptic phenomena; Biotechnologies/Bioinformatics/Biometrics/Biomedical systems; Computational biochemistry; Biological data management


    Software and system robustness for digital society


    Portals and user-oriented systems; Software as a service; Software specification and design methodologies; Software development and deployment; Programming languages and supporting tools; Patterns/Anti-patterns/Artifacts/Frameworks; Agile/Generic/Agent-oriented programming; Neuronal networks/Fuzzy logic/Temporal logic/ Genetic Algorithms; Reasoning models/Model checking/Modular reasoning/; Program verification/validation/correctness ; Embedded and real-time systems;


    Consumer-oriented digital design


    Online consumer decision support & advertising; Semiotic engineering of online services; Human factors in computer systems; Personal information management; Consumer trust in digital society; Interaction in smart environments; Mobile consumers and interactive spaces; Hedonic and perceived digital quality; Usability, aesthetics, and accessibility; Multimodal and interactive interfaces; Intelligent user interfaces


    Social networking


    Social networking technologies (Web 2.0, faceBook, YouTube, Twitter, etc.); Enterprise social networking; General informative webcast; Government information webcast; State-of-the-art for chat, blogs, wikis, etc.; Text-audio-video blogs; Virtual tradeshows; Social profiling; Contextual social network analysis; Personalization for search and for social interaction; Dynamics, evolution, and trend prediction patterns; Social interactions; Medical assistance in social networking; Data protection inside communities; Misbehavior detection in communities; Pattern presentation for end-users and experts; Evolution of communities in the Web; Online and offline social networks; Information acquisition and establishment of social relations


    ICT support and applications for eCollaboration


    Touch screen voting; Local e-Participation; Portals and eGovernment websites; eGovernment platforms and benchmarks; Business process management; Interoperable frameworks (national and cross-countries); Private-public eCollaboration; Regional and cross-nation competitiveness




    Call for Chapters

    Proposal Submission Deadline: May 30, 2011



    Anna Szopa, Jagiellonian University, Poland

    Waldemar Karwowski, University of Central Florida, USA

    Patricia Ordonez de Pablos, University of Oviedo, Spain



    Academic entrepreneurship (AE) is a new emerging field in the scientific world. It refers to the creation and management of an environment for active support of knowledge exploitation and transfer. Academic entrepreneurship stimulates entrepreneurial behavior among the fellows of institutional structures in the academic community. It covers activities in which universities might be involved, including: licensing, patenting, creating new companies, facilitating technology transfer through technology transfers centers, science parks and incubators etc. Innovation networks (between universities, new firms and organizations that support entrepreneurial activities) are embedded in academic entrepreneurship and facilitate industry's growing demand for technological innovation.



    Objective of the Book

    There is global interest in translating the technology arising from university research into economic growth through academic entrepreneurship. The following book will present most recent, detailed analysis and synthesis of the stream of research on university entrepreneurship. There will be provided a comprehensive overview of the linkages in networks between universities, intermediate organizations and university spin-offs.



    Target Audience

    Faculty, students, researchers, entrepreneurs, managers, venture capitalists, investors, industry partners, government officials' representatives of technology transfer offices, incubators, science parks, research parks

    <!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Primary Market: government officials, venture capitalists, investors, industry partners, managers, entrepreneurs

    <!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Secondary Market: representatives of technology transfer offices, incubators, science parks, research parks

    <!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Tertiary Market: faculty, students, researchers



    Recommended Topics include, but at not limited to, the following:


    1. Introduction to Academic Entrepreneurship

    This part will define academic Academic entrepreneurship Entrepreneurship will be defined as the leadership process of creating economic value through acts of organizational creation, renewal or innovation that occurs within or outside the academic institution that consequences research and technology commercialization. There will be examined how policyPolicy-driven approaches will be examined on how  has been effective they have been in enhancing academic entrepreneurship in higher education institutions and the innovation system.


    2.The role of the university

    Nowadays, a university becomes the representative of innovation, technological development, economic growth and social improvement especially in the context of growing knowledge-based economies. Therefore this part the book will discuss university role in transforming inventions into innovations thus facilitating, nurturing and supporting academic entrepreneurial activities.


    3. The role intermediate organizations such as technology transfer office, incubators, science, technology parks


    With the increasing entrepreneurial activities at universities, intermediary organizations have been in the spotlight of research, because they are often regarded as the formal gateway between the university and industry. The following chapter will discuss intermediary organizations role in knowledge and technology transfer through, research collaborations, and informal points of accessibility to various resources, including human, financial, technical resources.


    4.University spin-offs


    Following part will provide information concerning university spin-off company. University spin-off is being defined as a small, new, high-technology company whose intellectual capital has its origins in a university or public research institution. Its activity is considered as a consequence of university institutional factors related to technology transfer policies and strategies, technological production and human capital.


    5.Linkages in networks of innovation


    Following chapter will examine factors that make a network of innovation: between the university system and intermediate organizations, between the university system and spin-off firms, between intermediate organizations and spin-offs and between spin-offs and their external network. Provided analysis will answer the question how to effectively build and manage necessary institutions within the system of university entrepreneurship.


    6.Best practices-case studies


    In conclusion, to nurture the academic entrepreneurial paradigm and mindset across the university organization and system, there will be provided case studies on network between university system and intermediate organizations and university spin-offs.


    Submission Procedure

    Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before May 30, 2011, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by August 15, 2011. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project. 



    This book is scheduled to be 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 This publication is anticipated to be released in 2012.


    Important Dates


    May 30, 2011:             Deadline for submission of chapter proposals

    August 15, 2011:        Submission of full manuscripts

    September 15, 2011:     Editors' comments sent to authors

    October 30, 2011:        Submission of final chapters


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

    Anna Szopa,

    Waldemar Karwowski,

    Patricia Ordonez de Pablos,


    Call for papers for an edited collection tentatively titled Materialist Readings of Children's Literature and Culture: Classic and Contemporary Essays.  This collection will consist primarily of new analyses, but will also include previously published essays in order to chart the development of materialist criticism of children's literature, culture, and film.  


    Topics may include but are not limited to the following:


           the way in which children's literature supports or, conversely, challenges class hierarchies, especially as they intersect with gender, sexuality, and race/ethnicity


           the "political unconscious" in works of children's literature


           cognitive mapping


           class conflict in children's literature and film


           depictions of the working class, labor history, socialism, and revolution


           children's literature and the left


           materialist-feminist criticism and children's literature and culture


           materialist analyses of post-colonial children's literature and culture


           the political economy of children's literature and culture


    Please direct inquiries and submissions to the editor, Dr. Angela Hubler, at  500 words abstracts, brief biography, and short C.V. are due by September 18th, 2011.  Complete essays must be submitted as an attachment in Microsoft Word, following MLA guidelines for citation and format, by November 18th, 2011.  A potential publisher has expressed interest, and a proposal will be submitted after abstracts are received.


    Editor Angela Hubler is Associate Professor in Women's Studies at Kansas State University, where she teaches courses in feminist theory, female adolescence, and women's writing and culture.  Her recent publications analyze literary representations of collective political action in literature for children and adults. Her essays have been published in The Lion and the Unicorn, Children's Literature Association Quarterly, Critical Survey, Papers on Language and Literature, Women's Studies Quarterly, the National Women's Studies Association Journal, and edited collections. 



    Handheld Librarian 4

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    TAP Information Services and LearningTimes invite librarians, library staff, vendors, graduate students, and developers to submit program proposals related to the topic of mobile library services for the online Handheld Librarian 4 conference to be held July 27 and 28, 2011.
    Proposals are due June 3, 2011.    Go to to submit a proposal
    The Handheld Librarian 4 conference will feature interactive, live online sessions and links to recorded events following the conference. We are interested in a broad range of submissions that highlight current, evolving and future issues in mobile library services. This year, we will feature a program track with presentations by graduate library students.  These include but are not limited to the following program tracks:
     *   ebooks
     *   location-based social networking
     *   augmented reality
     *   twitter
     *   apps
     *   device and OS trends
     *   QR codes
     *   reference
     *   mobile trend spotting
     *   mobile technologies impacting society
     *   web/app development best practices
    Proposal Submissions:
    Submit your proposal by completing the webform at . The Deadline is being extended to June 3.
    Online presentations may be conducted in one of four formats:
     *   a 45-minute live online session (i.e. synchronous webcast)
     *   a 15 minute student presentation ***
     *   a 10 minute live online session or
     *   a pre-recorded presentation (i.e. narrated web tour or slides).
    Conference registration fees are waived for speakers.
    Presenters Are Expected To:
    Conduct your session using Adobe Connect (computer, Internet, mic required)
    Provide a digital photo of yourself for the conference website
    Respond to questions from attendees
    Attend an online 30-60 minute training on Adobe Connect prior to the conference


    Critical Feminist Pedagogies


    Towards an Education of Activism


    Saturday, October 29, 2011


    What is "feminist" education? How do you as a social justice activist,teacher, artist, musician, poet, or environmentalist educate others about issues you feel passionate about? The institutionalization of feminism through Women's Studies undoubtedly affects feminist activism in the non-academic world (and vice versa: grassroots feminism is the foundation of Women's Studies). We aim to maintain the bridge between academia and grassroots activism by inviting *everyone!*


    What issues do you as a feminist feel a passion teaching others about? What methods do you use to communicate to an audience? What are the teacher's and students' roles in feminist or progressive spaces? How ought an activist or

    teacher work with the power they have over an audience of learners to allow for an effective space for critical thinking about justice? Does "raising awareness" and publishing books or articles actually change structural problems? Can feminist education even be considered "action" if it ends at "raising awareness" without actually dismantling oppressive systems? What might be some suggestions of feminist action for best practices?


    This conference attempts to detangle the tricky and creative work that is "feminist" education and to bring activists and critical thinkers/educators together to share our visions of feminist pedagogy. We are interested in how you as community activists, students, artists, educators, and future-educators encourage critical thinking and enthusiasm in learners. We

    want to share our passions, talents, and skills through syllabi, curriculum, and workshops.


    We invite individuals, activists, groups, artists, scholars, and educators to submit proposals for panel presentations, roundtable discussions, or artistic performances that address the following questions:


       - Critiques of empowerment as a mode of feminist education

       - What is the relationship between feminist pedagogy and indoctrination?

       Can consciousness-raising be a form of indoctrination? How would feminist    education function *beyond* consciousness-raising?

       - What makes for *strategic* feminist practice within a group (beyond sitting in circles and hearing everyone's voice--what is explicitly/implicitly feminist about this)?

       - To what extent can experience-sharing be productively used in Women's Studies settings?

       - Access to education as a feminist issue; inclusion/exclusion of certain groups

       - How might intersectionality (race, ethnicity, nationality, class,

       gender, sexuality, ability, environmental issues) be used as a tool for activism or education?

       - How can we continue to challenge the academic industrial complex?

       - What are the tensions between students, students and teachers,   academics and grassroots activists and how might these tensions be used    pedagogically/productively?

       - Others (You are highly encouraged to come up with your own topic!)


    PROPOSAL FORMAT: Graduate students, undergraduate students, and community scholars and activists from all disciplines and fields are invited to submit proposals for individual papers, complete sessions, panels, or round tables.


    Poster sessions, performance pieces, video recordings, and other creativeworks are also encouraged. For individual papers, please submit a one-page abstract. For complete panels, submit a one-page abstract for each presentation plus an overview on the relationship among individual components. For the poster sessions and artwork, submit a one-page overview.


    All proposals must include speaker's/speakers' name(s), affiliation(s), and contact information (address, E-mail, & telephone number). Please also indicate preference for time of day; all attempts will be made to honor schedule requests.


    PANELS: Each 50-75 minute session usually includes three presenters and a session moderator, but individual presenters may request an entire session for a more substantial paper or presentation. Presenters are encouraged,though not required, to form their own panels. The conference committee will

    group individual proposals into panels and assign a moderator. Please indicate in your contact information if you are willing to serve as a moderator.


    POSTERS, ART DISPLAYS, & SLIDE PRESENTATIONS: A poster presentation consists of an exhibit of materials that report research activities or informational resources in visual and summary form. An art display consists of a depiction of feminist concerns in an artistic medium. Both types of

    presentations provide a unique platform that facilitates personal discussion of work with interested colleagues and allows meeting attendees to browse through highlights of current research. Please indicate in your proposal your anticipated needs in terms of space, etc.



    Submission Deadline: Postmarked by September 1, 2011



    Please submit proposals and supporting materials to:


    Women's Studies Graduate Conference Committee


    Women's Studies Program, EN B 229


    501 Crescent Street


    New Haven, CT 06515


    Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA)

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    Please take advantage of this opportunity to engage with the Art Libraries 
    Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) and discuss topics of mutual interest. 

    Are you thinking about something related to the future of art 
    librarianship, collection management, accessibility, or emerging technologies? 
    Are you interested in enabling learning, leading change, or 
    preserving the values and traditions of art librarianship or visual 
    resources curatorship? If you have something to say or something 
    to share with ARLIS/NA, then we encourage you to submit a paper 
    or workshop proposal for the 2012 conference. 

    Paper and workshop ideas are being accepted now until May 31, 2011. 
    For more Information, please visit the conference webpage

    Frontiers: A Journal of Women's History

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    Frontiers: A Journal of Women's History invites proposals for new
    editors and a new editorial home for a five-year term beginning July 1,
    2012.  Founded in 1975, Frontiers is one of the oldest and most
    respected peer-reviewed feminist journals in the United States.  This
    inter- and multi-disciplinary journal has made its mark as the feminist
    journal that most consistently offers multicultural works in forms
    accessible to a wide audience within and outside the academy.  
    The original Editorial Collective (Frontiers' advisory board) chose the
    title "Frontiers" to emphasize that the journal would push the
    boundaries of feminist scholarship within a national context.  Frontiers
    achieved something else as well; the journal, with its interdisciplinary
    focus on women, gender, race, and ethnicity, has played a leading role
    in transforming our understanding of the U.S. regional West. 
    Under the present co-editorship of Susan Gray and Gayle Gullett, who
    became editors in 2003, the journal shifted its objectives in two
    important ways. The co-editors, contending that place is a constitutive
    factor, added it to the list of topics of longstanding concern to
    Frontiers:  women, gender, race, ethnicity, class, and sexual
    orientation. The co-editors also dramatically expanded the focus of the
    journal from the regional and national to the global and transnational.
    Today the journal serves a global audience, and its pool of submissions
    is global as well.
     We seek an editorial team that will continue the best of Frontiers'
    traditions and create a new agenda that allows Frontiers to continue to
    expand its intellectual borders and reach new audiences. We strongly
    encourage openness to innovative, flexible editorial partnerships and
    technologies. For example, we encourage readers to think not only of
    forming a co-editorship on a single campus, as per our example, but, of
    other possible organizational structures, such as a committee of editors
    on one campus or spread across several universities. Such innovations
    will strengthen the journal and help ensure the continued prosperity of
    Frontiers in an era of austere university budgets and rapid, cost- and
    technology-driven changes in scholarly publishing. 
    Proposals to edit Frontiers should include:  1) an editorial mission
    statement, including an analysis of the place of the journal in feminist
    scholarship broadly defined; 2) an organizational plan for the editing
    and administrating of the journal; 3) a statement of commitment of
    institutional support; and 4) curriculum vitae for all members of the
    editorial team.  Proposals that incorporate personnel or support from
    more than one institution are welcome.  Frontiers is published by the
    University of Nebraska Press which handles all production, including
    copyediting, as well as marketing.  Proposals should therefore focus on
    the acquisition, in-house management, and developmental editing of
    submissions.  For a prospectus outlining the journal's current
    operational structure, please contact the present co-editors, Susan Gray
    and Gayle Gullett: <> ;  Proposals to edit Frontiers should be submitted
    electronically to: by January 15, 2012.


    International Journal of Web-Based Learning and Teaching Technologies is now included in ProQuest's CSA Social Science Collection, the Library & Information Science Abstracts (LISA)!

    The Editors-in-Chief invite you to consider submitting a manuscript for inclusion in this scholarly journal.

    Mission of IJWLTT:
     The mission of the International Journal of Web-Based Learning and Teaching Technologies (IJWLTT) is to contribute to the broadening of the overall body of knowledge regarding the multi-dimensional aspects of Web-based technologies in contemporaneous educational contexts, assisting researchers, practitioners, and decision makers to design more effective learning systems and scenarios. IJWLTT explores the technical, social, cultural, organizational, human, cognitive, and commercial impact of technology. In addition, IJWLTT endeavors a broad range of authors and expands the dialogue to address the interplay among the diverse and disparate interests affected by technology in education. The journal seeks to explore the impact of Web-based technology on the design, implementation and evaluation of the learning and teaching process, as well as the development of new activities, relationships, skills, and competencies for the various actors implied in such processes.

    Coverage of IJWLTT:
    The International Journal of Web-Based Learning and Teaching Technologies (IJWLTT) focuses on the dimensions of reporting about developing new WBLT technologies and uses, and also sharing educational experiences and situations including (but not limited to) distance learning, collaborative work, constructivist approaches in on-line class-rooms, designing blended learning and programs, importance of dialogue in distance education programs, CSCL, network learning, etc. IJWLTT also covers aspects such as models and frameworks for the pedagogical design of courses including or supported by WBLT technologies, and for issuing and evaluating educational policies in institutions, and for organizing and managing training policies or departments in companies. Issues in methodologies for the training of teachers and trainers, for the building of multi-disciplinary teams for distance and on-line program administration and delivery are also included in the coverage.  Among topics to be included (but not limited) are the following:

           Best practices

           Building multi-disciplinary teams for Web-based learning and teaching

           Building Web-based learning communities

           Constructivist approaches to Web-based learning and teaching

           Decision making in implementing Web-based learning and teaching

            Knowledge building using Web-based learning and teaching technologies

            Management side of Web-based learning and teaching

           Network learning using WLTT

           Project management for implementing WLTT

          Related issues that impact the overall utilization and management of Web-based technologies in education

           Web-based CSCL

           Web-based technologies enabled pedagogical scenarios

           Web-based technologies enabled pedagogical systems and programs

           WLTT implementation: models, methods, and frameworks

    Prospective authors should note that only original and previously unpublished articles will be considered. Interested authors must consult the journal's guidelines for manuscript submissions at prior to submission. All article submissions will be forwarded to at least 3 members of the Editorial Review Board of the journal for double-blind, peer review. Final decision regarding acceptance/revision/rejection will be based on the reviews received from the reviewers. All submissions must be forwarded electronically.


    The International Journal of Web-Based Learning and Teaching Technologies (IJWLTT) 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


    All submissions and inquiries should be directed to the attention of:
    Eugenia Ng, Nikos Karacapildis or Mahesh Raisinghani
    International Journal of Web-Based Learning and Teaching Technologies


    International Digital Library Perspectives

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    _OCLC Systems & Services:  International Digital Library Perspectives_ (OSS:IDLP) is looking for articles.  Articles can be of any length, and figures and screen shots are encouraged. OSS:IDLP is a peer-reviewed journal.  If you are interested, there is a short timeline for publication; your article can be published as early as February 2012.  For more information, contact the editor at the email address below.


    Editorial objectives

    OCLC Systems & Services: International Digital Library Perspectives covers a broad range of subject areas relating to the Web-based delivery of digital cultural content. The journal aims to keep readers informed about current trends in research, and to report on new initiatives and developments. Digital libraries and digital repositories are a particular focus, together with relevant standards and techniques.



    •Digital libraries

    •Digital repositories

    •Digital cultural content services

    •Web metadata standards

    •Web markup languages

    •Digital preservation

    •Imaging and digitization techniques

    •Usability studies


    OCLC Systems & Services is indexed and abstracted in:

    •Academic Search Alumni Edition

    •Academic Search Complete

    •Academic Search Premier

    •Computer Science Index

    •Computer & Communications Security Abstracts

    •Current Abstracts

    •Current Awareness Abstracts

    •Education Full Text

    •Education Research

    •Emerald Management Reviews

    •Information Science and Technology Abstracts (ISTA)

    •The Informed Librarian


    •International Academic Research Library

    •Internet & Personal Computing Abstracts

    •Library & Information Science Abstracts

    •Library, Information Science and Technology Abstracts

    •Library Literature & Information Science

    •Library Literature & Information Science Full Text

    •OmniFile Full Text Mega

    •OmniFile Full Text Select


    •TOC Premier


    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



    ACRL Women & Gender Studies Section Blog Editor

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    The ACRL Women & Gender Studies Section is currently seeking a volunteer Blog Editor.


    The WGSS Blog editor provides updates on Women & Gender Studies Section activities and resources of interest to Section members.


    The Blog Editor is appointed for a three-year term and is a non-voting, ex-officio, member of the WGSS Executive Committee and Publications Committee. The Editor solicits input and news from WGSS officers, committee chairs and members and writes original copy. The Blog Editor is expected to attend the WGSS Publications meetings is expected to either attend the Executive and Membership meetings or submit a written report about blog activities to the Section Chair to distribute the report.


    The Blog Editor manages and creates new content for the blog on a regular, continual basis. The Editor stays abreast of Section activities and is attentive to blog design, layout, and editorial standards. The editor performs continuous enhancements and modifications to the Section blog and troubleshoots and repairs bugs and technical problems. The Editor responds to blog comments and email as needed. Previous experience with Wordpress is not required. See: ACRL Women & Gender Studies Section blog.


    If interested in seeking this appointment, please write a brief paragraph, stating your interest in this position, qualifications and your expected level of commitment and send it to Pamela Mann ( and Jennifer Mayer (


    We look forward to hearing from you,


    Pamela Mann

    Jennifer Mayer

    2012 Methodology Paper Competition

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    The Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) is now accepting proposals for its 2012 Methodology Paper Competition, sponsored by Dialog. The purpose of this award is to stimulate communication on research methodologies at ALISE annual conferences.


    The competition is open to all types of methodology. Papers must be limited to description and discussion of a research method or a technique associated with a particular research method. (For example, papers may address such areas as sampling, grounded theory, historical methods, or statistical methods.) Papers must explain the particular method/technique, including methodological implications for library and information science. Examples to illustrate its value can come from LIS-related published studies, proposed studies, and works in progress. Papers that stress findings are not eligible for this competition.


    One winning paper will be selected. An honorarium of $500 will be awarded to the author(s). In cases of joint authorship, one honorarium will be awarded for the paper. Methodology papers prepared by joint authors are eligible for entry but at least one author must be a personal member of ALISE as of the deadline date.


    Only one methodology paper per entrant will be considered; multiple entries from the same author will not be accepted. Authors may submit papers for other ALISE competitions; however, the same paper cannot be submitted for more than one category.


    Authors may not submit papers that have been published or have been accepted for publication. Authors who have won this award within the past five years are ineligible for this competition.


    Papers submitted to this competition can originate from a variety of different sources and applicants are encouraged to develop such papers from their research. Methodology papers completed in pursuit of master's and doctoral studies (e.g. thesis, seminars, dissertation, course work paper) are eligible, as are papers generated as a result of a research grant or other source of funding.


    Submission Requirements

    Papers, including the abstract and references, must not exceed 25 double-spaced pages (6,000 words), should have one inch margins and be in 12 point font.Two title pages must be sent: One with, and one without, author name(s) and institution. Both title pages must carry the name of the competition for which the paper is being submitted.



    The papers will be judged by the ALISE Research Committee with the assistance of additional ALISE members in those cases where the methodology warrants. All reviewing is "blind." Methodology papers will be judged on the following criteria:


    -Description of the method or technique

                    -Explanation of methodological implications of the method/technique for LIS

                    -Examples of actual or potential applications to library and information science research or studies in related fields (i.e., from published studies, proposed studies, and work in progress)

    -Appropriateness of the examples to the paper's focus on method/technique

    -Clarity in the writing and in the paper's organization


    Proposals will be disqualified if they exhibit one or more of the following:

    -Lack of adherence to submission requirements

     -Submission of paper for the wrong award

     -Poor quality of the writing

     -Poor organization of material

     -Lack of attention to study design


    The committee reserves the right to select no winning paper if, in its judgment, none of the papers is considered satisfactory.


    The winners of the awards are expected to present a summary of their papers at the 2012 ALISE Annual Conference.


    The methodology paper, including an abstract of no more than 200 words, must be received no later than July 15, 2011. It should be

    emailed as a Word attachment to:


    Pam McKenzie

    The University of Western Ontario

    Chair, Dialog/ALISE Methodology Paper Competition


    For more details, please see




    "Philosophy and Motherhood"

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    Eastern Society for Women in Philosophy, at the American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division meeting, Washington, D.C., Dec. 27-30, 2011




    The Eastern Division of the Society for Women in Philosophy (ESWIP) kindly invites submissions for its panel, "Philosophy and Motherhood," at the American Philosophical Association, eastern division meeting in December, 2011.


    Abstracts (500 words), papers (2500 words), panel proposals, and roundtable discussion proposals will be considered.  We welcome submissions in non-traditional formats.  Proposals for panels should include the names of all participants and each of their papers or abstracts.


    Submissions that address the topic of philosophy and motherhood from any disciplinary approach will receive full consideration.  Preference will be given to submissions that attend to the experience of underrepresented groups. ESWIP strives to provide scholars from all academic ranks and disciplines with a highly supportive professional community.


    Please e-mail all submissions to Maeve M. O'Donovan, Executive Secretary of  ESWIP, at<>  no later than midnight on MAY 15, 2009.  Please put "ESWIP APA Submission" in the subject line, and attach all submissions as MS Word documents or PDFs.  Please be sure the document's file name is identical to your submission title, and that the author's name, institutional affiliation and contact information are given in the text of the email and are not included in the attached submission..


    The decision of the program committee is expected by 24 May, 2011.


    Call for Contributions


    November 1-4, Singapore



    iPRES, the main international conference on digital preservation, is calling for proposals for original full and short papers, panels, workshops, posters and demonstrations.


    Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

    *       Domain-specific Challenges (Cultural Heritage, Technical and Scientific Processes and Data, Engineering Models and Simulation, Medical Records,Corporate Processes and Recordkeeping, Web Archiving, Personal Archiving,

    e-Procurement, etc.)

    *       Systems Life-cycle (Requirements, Modeling,  Design, Development,Deployment and Maintenance)

    *       Trusted Repositories and Governance (Risk Analysis, Planning, Audit and Certification, Business Models, Cost Estimation, etc.)

    *       Case Studies and Best Practices (Processes, Metadata, Systems,

    Services, Infrastructures, etc.)

    *       Innovation in Digital Preservation (Novel Challenges and Scenarios,Innovative Approaches)

    *       Added-value of Digital Preservation (Emerging Exploitation Scenarios and the Long-Tail of Digital Repositories and Archives)

    *       Training and Education

    *       Theory of Digital Preservation


    Call for Papers - iPRES 2011 invites submissions for full and short papers reporting on novel previously unpublished work. Full papers are expected to report innovative research work, while short papers are expected to present new relevant challenges and work in progress. All papers will be peer-reviewed by at least 3 members of the scientific Program Committee. The accepted papers will be published in the iPRES2011 proceedings (in digital).


    Call for Posters and Demonstrations - Submissions are encouraged for a special session that for posters reporting emerging issues or work in progress, and also for demonstrations of innovative systems.


    Call for Panels - Proposals for highly relevant panels are welcome. Panels are expected to be important community building actions, by promoting discussions on relevant issues and be presented by provocative expert panelists willing to engage with the audience.


    Call for Workshops - Proposals for workshops, to be held after the main conference, are welcome.


    Instructions for Submissions

    *       Proposals for full (8 to 10 pages) and short (4 pages) papers, and for posters or demonstrations (2 pages) must be submitted to the electronic submission system according to the conference's template:

    -       Submission system:


    -       Paper's template:


    *       Proposals for workshops or panels must be submitted by the workshop or panel chair, by email, to

    -       Proposals for panels must detail the subject, the intended experts'

    panel, and the proposed model of interaction with the audience (this is going to be a key detail in the evaluation of the proposals).

    -       Proposals for workshops must detail the subject to be covered, the process for the call for participation, the important dates, the duration, and the proposed organization and scientific committees.



    *********** IMPORTANT DATES ******************


    *       15 June 2011 - Workshops proposals due

    *       01 July 2011 - Full and short papers, posters and demonstrations proposals due

    *       22 August 2011 - Panels proposals due

    *       28 August 2011 - Acceptance notification

    *       15 September 2011 - Camera Ready Full and Short Papers

    *       30 September 2011 - Early Registration




    Previous iPRES Conferences:


    Cloelia: Women's Classical Caucus Newsletter

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    Cloelia: Women's Classical Caucus Newsletter is the official annual publication of the Women's Classical Caucus (WCC: which was founded to "foster feminist and gender-informed perspectives in the study and teaching of all aspects of ancient Mediterranean cultures and classical antiquity." Cloelia publishes essays on topics related to this mandate with a special interest in items discussing the profession and pedagogical concerns.

    For the Fall 2011 Issue, we seek the following submissions (deadline: August 15, 2011):

    1. A List of Dissertations (completed or in progress, 2008-present) on topics related to the WCC mandate (in general or related to the ancient world).

    2. A List of Publications (2008-present/forthcoming) on topics related to the WCC mandate (in general or related to the ancient world).

    3. General Submissions as described below (e.g. short essays discussing the state of WMST etc. in the academy today).

    All submissions should be sent by email to the new editor, Dr. Alison Jeppesen-Wigelsworth (

    General Submissions: All items should be submitted by email to the editor as .html, .doc, or .rtf attachments. We are always happy to receive articles, reports, news items, reviews, and announcements of interest to WCC members. Essays (700-800 words) describing issues or situations in which the WCC may become involved are welcome. Essays on more general or theoretical topics should be limited to 1200 words. Writers interested in contributing should contact the editor as soon as possible to inform her of their intentions. Readers who know of potential writers may suggest them to the editor who will contact the writer about the suggested topic. Announcements and calls (100-300 words) should include a title, all relevant dates, address and email of contact people, and a brief description.

    Dr. Alison Jeppesen-Wigelsworth

    Editor, Coelia


    Find us on Facebook: Cloelia (Women's Classical Caucus)

    The Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association
    is holding its annual conference October 14-16, 2011 in Milwaukee, WI,
    and is accepting paper proposals.
    The call for papers has been extended to May 15,2011.

    Papers can cover a wide spectrum of topics in the area of popular and
    American culture, from anime fan videos to the Weekly World News. The
    MPCA/ACA welcomes people from a variety of scholarly backgrounds and
    regions: past presenters include community college administrators,
    MLIS graduate students, chairs of English departments, independent
    scholars, and doctoral candidates from Australia.

    Submit a 250-word paper proposal, along with your name, e-mail
    address, and organization affiliation, to the appropriate Area Chair.
    A list of area chairs may be found here:

    For more information about the conference, visit:

    Let me know if you have any questions!

    Ayanna Gaines
    Area Chair, Magazines and Newspapers, Midwest Popular Culture
    Association/American Culture Association

    Call for Chapters: 

    Proposals Submission Deadline: June 15, 2011
    Full Chapters Due: October 15, 2011

    Enterprise Resource Planning Models for the Education Sector: Applications and Methodologies

    A book edited by 

    Prof. K. K. Patel, Ahmedabad University, Ahmedabad, India

    Dr. Sanjaykumar Vij, SVIT, Vasad, India

     To be published by


    Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is seamlessly integrated computer-based application used to manage internal and external resources, including tangible assets, financial resources, materials, and human resources covering all the functions and processes of an enterprise/institution. It is a software architecture whose purpose is to facilitate the flow of information between all business functions within and across the boundaries of the organization and manage the connections and interaction with outside stakeholders. Even in Education sector, it is playing a tactical role in designing and managing academic resources. Education institutions and universities all over the world are facing challenges in designing robust Enterprise Resource Planning applications and methodologies to align themselves with the expectations of students and other stakeholders. The existing standard Enterprise Resource Planning solutions are proprietary, inflexible, and expensive to implement in Academia. Thus, there is a growing demand for action-oriented research to provide insights into the challenges, issues, and solutions related to the design, development, implementation and management of education institutions' resources through Enterprise Resource Planning applications. Education sector, being a huge service sector and having a high social and economic impact value with its unique set of challenges, has a high potential for using ERP application. In the academic sector and the fields of information systems and management, there exists a need for an edited collection of articles in this area.

     Objective of the Book

    This book will aim to suggest Enterprise Resource Planning frameworks for the academic sector along with their applications and methodologies to improve effectiveness and efficiency of processes including teaching-learning processes, and to enhance student-centric and stakeholders related services.

    Target Audience

    The target audience of this book will be composed of management and engineering students; professionals and researchers working in the field of education including policy makers, ICT vendors, consultants, and implementing agencies. This also includes top-management of institutes and universities. ERP is a high-end application of ICT for effective management of an enterprise. Thus this book will help the prospective audience in gaining a good insight into various aspects of (a) process automation, (b) reduction of process cycle time, and (c) prompt and better service to all stake-holders. 

     Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

     ERP Models for Education Institution and University: Conceptual and Empirical Frameworks

    •           ERP Models for Student-Centric and Faculty-Related Services

    •           Learning and digital repositories management.

    •           Digital research labs and research 

    •           Entrepreneur and incubation

    •           Grants related services

    •           Customer Relationship Management (CRM) for academia

    •           Automate communication between faculty, parents and students for better support 

    •           Management of career advancement, professional development and trainings


    •           Academic program services including on-line learning services and e-Learning

    •           Virtual and interactive learning classroom networks; eScholar

    •           Inter-institute and university collaboration and virtual campus for academia

    •           Course structuring and evaluation, and Quality Assurance models for academia

    •           Educational academic discovery and planning

    •           Digital library, Library management services, and Publication management: journal, conference proceedings, news letter and other documents

    •           Institutional strategic planning, and governance of institutes and universities

    •           Infrastructure management including project management services, and systems integration

    •           Management of university centre operations, institutional alliance; franchisee centre development

    •           Technology focus: Client-Server, Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), semantic web, intelligent agents, and Cloud-computing based ERP for academia 

    •           Help desk services

    Statutory and Governing Policies for Institutional Growth and Reform 

    •           ICT models for academia and university: Conceptual and Empirical Frameworks; and enterprise architecture discovery and planning service

    •           Strategy for enhanced retention of faculty members and students 

    •           Online learning services and management including Business Intelligence, knowledge management, data warehousing and mining for academia 

    •           Strategies to address the issues and constraints of funding, enrollment, and constituent expectations

    •           A process for making well-grounded decisions to create coherent plans, measure outcomes, avoid pitfalls, and adjust to changing demands and requirements

    •           Enterprise architecture as an enabling tool to manage the development of a digital campus

    •           Managing administration, interaction, and communication

    •           Management of programs, services and assets including management of trust, security, and privacy issues in academia 


    ERP Models for Research related Activities and Services: Conceptual and Empirical Frameworks

    •           Research labs management; knowledge base creation and management; Patent and license management 

    •           Compliance with external funding agencies requirements; management of grants 

    •           Academic technology services


    ERP Models for Content and Process Management: Conceptual and Empirical Frameworks

    •           Development of courseware, assessment items, teaching pieces, simulations, and conventional training materials

    •           Document management suite

    •           Business process modeling services, and workflow management

    •           Identity access and management consulting services

    •           Mobile-driven services; Web presence, its development and management

    •           Improve collaboration and communication; promote your institution's brand

    •           Organizational and Human Resource Management (HRM) for academia including recruiting & recruitment advisory services, payroll, service terms, performance management, etc

    •           Change management for academia

    •           Campus advancement


    ERP Design and Architecture

    •           Workflow modeling for academia; Academia process reengineering

    •           Planning, evaluation and control framework for ERP in academia

    •           Cost structures and financing issues in ERP system in academia

    •           ERP implementation framework in academia

    •           Enterprise computing tools and technologies

    •           ERP Project management 

    •           Applications and case studies of ERP in academia


    Other Functions

    •           Industry-Institute interaction management

    •           Placement management

    •           Alumni (and their Network) management

     Submission Procedure

    Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before June 15, 2011, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by July 1, 2011 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by October 15, 2011. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.  


    This book is scheduled to be 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 This publication is anticipated to be released in 2012.

    Important Dates

    June 15, 2011:                        Proposal Submission Deadline

    July 1, 2011:                           Notification of Acceptance

    October 15, 2011:                   Full Chapter Submission

    December 31, 2011:   Review Results Returned

    February 15, 2012:                 Final Chapter Submission

    March 31, 2012:                      Final Deadline

    Editorial Advisory Board Members:

    Bih-Ru Lea, Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA

    B. M. Shah, Ahmedabad University, India

    Darshana Sedera, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

    Goran D. Putnik, University of Minho, Portugal

    Michael Rosemann, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

    Rajendra Akerkar, Vestlandsforsking, Norway

    Shalin Hai-Jew, Kansas State University, USA

    Shan Ling PAN, National University of Singapore, Singapore

    Vincent CHO Wing-sing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

    Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document): 

    Prof. K. K. Patel

    School of Computer Studies


    Navrangpura, Ahmedabad 380 009

    Mob.: +919408601953, +919824394304




    Dynamics of Value Reporting

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    Dynamics of Value Reporting: A Special Issue of Libraries & the Cultural Record

    Libraries & the Cultural Record, a peer-reviewed journal of history published by the University of Texas Press, invites submissions for a special issue devoted to exploring historical perspectives on the reporting of the organizational performance and value created by libraries, archives and museums. Contributors are encouraged to consider the topic in diverse ways. Possible themes might include (but are not limited to):


    ·        The historical role of organizational performance and value reporting by agency type, appropriate to a geographical area, or within a segment of time

    ·        Comparison of organizational performance and values being reported in terms of types (i.e. cultural, economic, and social), perceived need, or effectiveness over time   

    ·        Biographical sketches of significant individuals, including organizational  performance and value reporting leaders, innovators, or advocates 

    ·        Relationships between the business sector and libraries, archives, and/or museums regarding organizational performance and value reporting developments and schemas

    ·        Cultural factors influencing the organizational performance or value reporting of libraries, archives, or museums

    ·        Impacts of organizational performance and value reporting by libraries, archives, or museums on rural, diverse or underserved communities

    ·        History of the development and/or implementation of a specific organizational performance or value reporting schema within libraries, archives, and museums

    ·        Comparative histories of two or more agencies using different organizational performance or value reporting schema

    ·        Measuring the value of the library's or archives' collections or resources

    ·        Determining the value for / impact on the library or archives over time when its collections and resources are sold for operating revenue

    ·        Successes/failures, and their causes and effects, of value reporting to resource allocators from senior administrators to policy makers (particularly legislators)


    Proposal guidelines:

    ·        Submissions should be based on original research utilizing appropriate sources, including relevant archival or museum materials or collections. Articles must provide a coherent narrative and analysis that situate organizational performance and value reporting in the broader historical or social context of the profession and/or culture in which they operate. Submissions should not have been previously published or be currently submitted for publication elsewhere. Completed manuscripts should be approximately 5,000 - 6,000 words including notes. Proposals for articles must include: the author's contact information, including name, title, e-mail address, telephone number, and institutional address (if more than one author, include information for all authorship contributors and designate which is the primary author for purposes of communication)

    ·        Title of the proposed article

    ·        An abstract of 500 words or less

    ·        Brief list of principal primary and secondary sources that will be used in the research

    ·        A statement on the status of the research and prospect for completion by deadline


    Proposals should be prepared using Microsoft Word and submitted electronically to the guest editor, Larry Nash White ( Proposals must be received by the editor no later than September 1, 2011. Submissions will be acknowledged via e-mail, indicating that the proposal has been received. Authors of proposals will be notified by February 1, 2012, regarding the status of their submission. Proposals that are accepted will receive an invitation to submit a manuscript for peer-review by November 1, 2012. Following peer-review, manuscripts will be returned to authors by January 15, 2013, indicating any revisions required. Final revised manuscripts are due to the issue editor no later than March 15, 2013. The special issue will be published in early 2014, as volume 49, number 1 of the journal. For more information about the journal's submission requirements and peer review process, see L&CR's web page for submissions at


    About the journal:

    Libraries & the Cultural Record (ISSN1932-4855) explores the creation, organization, preservation, and utilization of collections in libraries, archives, and museums in the context of cultural and social history. The quarterly journal publishes historical research from scholars worldwide, along with thoughtful essays and book reviews. In 2010, Libraries & the Cultural Record was rated among the top twenty percent of journals in its field by the Australian Research Council in a ranking of 148 scholarly journals in the field worldwide.  In 2011, it is being added to the "Information Science & Library Science" and the "History of Social Sciences" categories of the Social Sciences Citation Index.  Articles are available in full-text beginning with the winter 2001 issue (Volume 36, Number 1) for subscribers to Project Muse at


    About the guest editor for this special issue:

    Larry Nash White is an Associate Professor in the Department of Library Science at East Carolina University. Dr. White is an internationally invited speaker, presenter, and author in the areas of library administration, leadership, organizational performance assessment, and competition for library service. His research interests include competition for library and Information services and resources, organizational performance assessment, analytics, leadership, and strategic information use by library administrators.

    Teacher-Scholar explores the history, present circumstances, and possible
    future of America's hardest working but least studied institutions of
    higher learning--Regional State Universities or, to use a more recent and
    revealing title, State Comprehensive Universities (SCUs). With heavy
    teaching loads and extensive service obligations for faculty and seemingly
    endless responsibilities for administrators, SCUs are the invisible
    workhorses of higher education and, in many ways, America's "institutions
    of the future." Serious study of such institutions is long overdue. How
    does their story modify the dominant understanding of higher-education
    history, which is based on more prestigious institutions? What are the
    benefits of working at an SCU? What kinds of challenges do the faculty and
    the administration face? How is the education provided by SCUs different
    from that offered by large research schools or private liberal arts
    colleges? How do students fare once they graduate from universities that
    supposedly lack prestige? How can technology best be utilized for teaching
    and learning at such schools? What is campus culture like at an SCU? What
    is the real role of research and scholarship at these institutions? What do
    interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching mean at an SCU? How does
    internationalization occur on these campuses? These questions and more will
    be addressed in the pages of Teacher-Scholar.
    Published annually (both online and in hard copy) and fully peer-reviewed,
    Teacher-Scholar welcomes submissions for the third issue. The journal
    publishes reflective essays that explore the satisfactions and frustrations
    of careers spent at SCUs, studies of specific topics based on quantitative
    and/or qualitative research, and articles that focus on application.
    Submissions in the form of electronic attachments (in Microsoft Word)
    should be sent to Eric Leuschner at and conform to the
    most recent edition of the APA style manual with a limit not to exceed
    10,000 words (including notes and works cited). Submission deadline for
    issue 3: August 1, 2011. For previous issues visit:

    Marketing Methods for Libraries

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    Book Publisher: McFarland & Company, Inc.

    Co-editor: Carol Smallwood, editor/co-editor of several anthologies such as The Frugal Librarian: Thriving in Tough Economic Times, American Library Association, 2011

    Co-editor: Vera Gubnitskaia, Orange County Library System, Orlando, Florida; contributor to Librarians as Community Partners: An Outreach Handbook (ALA Editions, 2010) 

    Co-editor: Kerol Harrod, Denton Public Library, Denton, Texas; writer/producer of the award-winning, Library Larry's Big Day; winner of 2011 Texas Library Association Public Relations Branding Iron Award for speechwriting.

    Chapters sought from U.S. practicing librarians for an anthology by practicing academic, public, school, special librarians sharing practical know-how about alerting the public what libraries contribute, why they deserve support even in tight economic times.

    Possible topics: working with the media; National Library Week Activities; library newsletters; community outreach; service organization participation; holding political office; online promotion, and social networking; working with elected local/state officials; holding open house.

    Concise, how-to chapters using bullets, headings, based on experience to help colleagues promote their library. No previously published, simultaneously submitted material. Up to three co-authors/one complimentary copy per chapter as compensation; 3,000-4,000 words.

    Please e-mail 2-3 topics each described in 2-3 sentences by June 8, 2011 with brief biography sketch(s). Please place MARKETING/your name on the subject line:

    Editor, Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL)

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    Position Description: Editor, Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL)


    Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL) is the official refereed journal of LITA. Published since 1968, ITAL is a leading publication in the library and information science field.  ITAL publishes material related to all aspects of information technology and libraries, including digital libraries, electronic publishing, distributed systems and networks, technology management in libraries, security, desktop applications, online catalogs and bibliographic systems. 

    The new editor will lead the ITAL Editorial Board in identifying a model for publishing ITAL as an e-only, open access journal.  With LITA Board approval, the ITAL Editorial Board will move forward to implement the model.  LITA seeks an editor for ITAL who can provide both leadership and continuity for the journal.




    1. The editor assumes final authority for the content of each issue of ITAL. Responsible exercise of that authority requires definition of and adherence to standards and scope for ITAL.


    2. The editor is responsible for the full publication workflow, from receipt and double-blind review of manuscripts, communication with authors, copy-editing and publication.


    3. The editor appoints and works closely with the ITAL Managing Editor.


    4. The editor chairs the ITAL Editorial Board Committee and is an ex officio member of the LITA Publications Committee.




    *       Must be a current LITA member and knowledgeable about current issues in library and information technology.


    *       Must have a publication record or background, which demonstrates excellent writing skills.


    *       Must have editorial experience. Experience in electronic publishing is desired.


    *       Must be able to attend ALA Annual and ALA Midwinter.





    Although there is no pay associated with the position, the person will receive a stipend of $1500/year or will be reimbursed for travel and lodging expenses up to $1500/year, and receive free press registration for attending the ALA Midwinter meeting and Annual Conference. No reimbursement is provided for other LITA programs or if the editor is unable to fulfill stated responsibilities.


    Submit applications by Tuesday, May 31, 2011 to:


    Kristin Antelman, Chair, LITA Publications Committee

    Associate Director, Digital Library
    North Carolina State University Libraries
    Campus Box 7111
    Raleigh, NC 27695-0001

    Work: (919) 515-7188
    Fax: (919) 515-3628


    ALCTS CCS Catalog Form and Function Interest Group

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    ALCTS *CCS Catalog Form and Function Interest Group* invites speakers for presentations for its meeting at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans on *Saturday, June 25, 2011*, from *10:30 a.m.-12:00 noon*. This

    year, we are asking, "Is it already too late for the catalog?" Has our primary discovery tool been irreversibly eclipsed by Web Scale and Open Web discovery tools?


    Suggested approaches might include:


        * Are patrons/students still using the catalog on their own and if so, for what purpose? Are they empowered or confused by the library's parallel discovery systems?


        * Are reference librarians directing users to the local catalog, to Web scale library apps (Summon, Ebsco Discovery Service, WorldCat), or to Google?


        * If you've recently implemented a next-gen and/or Web scale discovery layer, can you offer comparative usage statistics.


        * Is custom catalog development still a good investment of scarce library resources?


        * Will our library-created catalog metadata thrive in replacement discovery applications?



    Presentations should be approximately 15-20 minutes in length, with additional time allowed for questions and answers. The level of discussion will be determined by the level of interest/involvement of you, the presenter! Please indicate your interest in presenting to Katherine Harvey, Chair, CFFIG, by May 25th.


    The Catalog Form and Function Interest Group exists to explore the evolving nature of the library catalog and its relationship to the fundamental mission and expanding services to libraries.


    We look forward to hearing from you.





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