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Cataloging Norms Interest Group

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ALCTS CaMMS Cataloging Norms Interest Group seeks speakers to present at ALA Annual in Las Vegas on Saturday, June 28th, 2014 at 10:30-11:30.

 

Cataloging Norms Interest Group offers a forum for the exploration, communication, and exchange of ideas and best practices on the dynamics of cataloging/metadata norms and workflows in the hybrid environment.

 

Presentation topics should be of current interest to catalogers, cataloging managers and administrators, and be approximately 15-20 minutes in length. Additional time will be allowed for questions and discussion. Topic possibilities include:      

         

•         Evolution, definition, and functions of the catalog and cataloging norms

•         Emerging concepts and implementations of "next generation catalogs"

•         Cataloging and metadata in hybrid and digital libraries

•         Changes in catalogers' workflows

•         Quality control and benchmarking

•         How end users' expectations and behaviors affect cataloging norms

•         Metadata records and elements in different contexts

•         Impact of web norms on cataloging norms

•         Cataloging education/continuing education

•         Cataloging department collaboration with other library units

•         RDA: integration of records, training

 

Please email proposal abstracts to co-chairs by Friday, May 9, 2014. If you have questions, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Cataloging Norms Co-Chairs,

 

Janet Ahrberg

Associate Professor/Catalog Librarian

Oklahoma State University

janet.ahrberg@okstate.edu

 

Emily Flynn

Metadata & eResources Librarian

OhioLINK

emilyflynn@me.com

CALL FOR CHAPTER PROPOSALS

Proposal Submission Deadline: May 30, 2014

 

A book edited by

Emy Decker (AUC-Robert W. Woodruff Library)

Jennifer Townes (AUC-Robert W. Woodruff Library)

 

To be published by IGI Global: http://bit.ly/1fOOCfT

 

For release in Advances in Library and Information Science Book series

ISSN: 2326-4136

 

The Advances in Library and Information Science Book Series aims to expand the body of library science literature by covering a wide range of topics affecting the profession and field at large. The series also seeks to provide readers with an essential resource for uncovering the latest research in library and information science management, development, and technologies

 

Introduction

Library and archives disaster planning and contingency management go by many names: emergency planning, risk assessment, business continuity, etc. Awareness has increased over the past fifteen years, and now disaster planning is an ever-growing presence in modern consciousness. Any type of contingency planning for libraries is important because we are building more and more evidence that preparedness is possible, even if prevention is not. In general, anything involving extensive damage to the collections falls into the "disaster" category. However, it is important to draw a distinction between small-scale disasters, such as a burst pipe, and large-scale disasters, such as a category 5 hurricane. A naturally occurring disaster is an act of nature (tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes), as opposed to an anthropogenic disaster, which is caused or produced by humans (war, censorship, arson). The myriad ways in which we define disaster indicate our inability to predict them, and therefore we will never be able to prevent them. What we can do is prepare the one variable we do have control over: ourselves. By exploring disasters of different scale and devastation, we can begin to develop more complete and efficient disaster plans for our cultural institutions.

The literature about disaster planning has not given close examination to the different types of disasters to befall libraries, thus this book is based on emerging research and events exemplified by case studies. Contributions to this edited volume will explore libraries impacted by disasters of different scales, ranging from small to catastrophic and disasters of different types, from naturally occurring to anthropogenic.

 

Objective of the Book

This compendium of emerging research about disaster mitigation and contingency planning will better inform disaster planning at the design level. Additionally, this book will serve as a resource for those who have already experienced disaster and the ideas put forth will potentially spur positive change in organizational culture. This book will investigate the impact of large and small scale disasters -- both anthropogenic and natural in origin -- on libraries. Readers will learn from the experiences of others, expand their definition of disaster, and create or redesign their own disaster plans.

 

Target Audience

Our publication will benefit librarians, library staff, archivists, curators, students, local/state/national disaster preparedness professionals, private collectors, and corporations which store/archive collections.

 

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

Contributors are welcome to submit chapters on the following topics relating to library disaster management and contingency planning:

 

·         Disaster management and contingency planning in libraries

·         Changes to disaster planning and recovery post-2000

·         Library safety measures

·         Changes to library materials conservation and restoration post-2000

·         Emerging disaster management theory

·         Emerging contingency planning theory

·         Lessons learned from small scale disasters (broken pipes, fires, vandalism, storms, etc.)

·         Lessons learned from large scale disasters (September 11th, Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, the Indonesian tsunami, Typhoon Haiyan, the Haitian earthquake, etc.)

·         Social implications of disaster preparedness and management

·         Public, academic, and private libraries and archives experiences with disaster of any scale

·         Naturally occurring disasters

·         Anthropogenic disasters

·         Challenges/crises not commonly included in disaster plans

·         Financial disaster planning (recession, staff cuts, effect on digital projects, etc.)

·         Electronic backup failure (loss of backup servers, born-digital data, electrical surges, etc.)

 

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before May 30, 2014, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Proposals should be submitted through the link at the bottom of this page. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by July 30, 2014 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by September 30, 2014. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project. Proposals should be submitted through the link at the bottom of this page.

 

Publisher

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 www.igi-global.com. This book is anticipated to be released in 2015.

 

Important Dates

May 30, 2014:                                    Proposal Submission Deadline

July 30, 2014:                                     Notification of Acceptance

September 30, 2014:                    Full Chapter Submission

November 30, 2014:                     Review Results Returned

February 15, 2015:                          Final Chapter Submission

 

Inquiries can be forwarded to

Emy Decker and Jennifer Townes

Atlanta University Center - Robert W. Woodruff Library

111 James P. Brawley Drive SW, Atlanta, GA 30314

Tel.: (404) 978-2087, (404) 978-2053

E-mail: edecker@auctr.edu, jtownes@auctr.edu

 

Propose a chapter here

Western Balkan Information Literacy Conference

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JUNE 11th-14th 2014  Juni na Uni 2014. - Hotel "Opal" Bihać, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Conference website: http://conference.bibliotekabihac.com/

 

Call for Papers

Theme: Embracing relentless change: Information literacy and lifelong learning in a digital age:

For all who are engaged in learning in this information rich society the challenge to achieve information literacy is vital in capitalising on the diverse and often overwhelming range of information choices with which we are continually faced. This is confounded further by the rise of digital and social media tools which doubtless have brought with them some stunning innovations and some colossal challenges. Information Literacy can help us discover, critically evaluate and generate new information to cradle these new diverse digital media

forms which are as inspiring and transformational as they are formidable and at times impenetrable. Information literacy and lifelong learning are vital for active participation of individuals everywhere in social, cultural and political contexts- in the Western Balkans, in Europe and indeed worldwide. They enable us to learn how to learn. They are crucial in helping us realise educational and professional goals and aspirations. Harnessed together Information literacy and lifelong learning help us successfully survive and compete in the 21st century- in

this digital age, a time of relentless change.

 

Main Themes and Topics: Western Balkan Information Literacy Conference.

A. Information literacy in the modern world

· information literacies (media literacy, digital literacy, visual literacy, financial literacy, health

literacy, cyber wellness)

· Information Literacy and academic libraries

· Information literacy and adult education

· Information literacy and blended learning

· Information literacy and distance learning

· Information literacy and public libraries

· Information literacy and the knowledge economy

· Information Literacy in the modern world (e.g. web 2.0 ; web 3.0 ; mobile technologies ;

YouTube, trends, emerging technologies and innovation; growth of digital resources;

gaming and application software (apps); digital reference tools; tiered reference services).

· The future of information literacy

· Workplace information literacy

 

B. Librarians as support to the lifelong learning process

· Digital empowerment and reference work

· Information Literacy across the disciplines

· Information literacy and digital preservation

· Information Literacy and online learning (e.g. self-paced IL modules)

· Information Literacy and Virtual Learning Environments

· Innovative IL approaches

· Instructional design and performance for information literacy (e.g. teaching practice,

session design, lesson plans, self-paced student modules)

· Integrating information literacy into the curriculum

· Putting information literacy theory into practice

· Supporting users need through library 2.0 and beyond

· Student engagement with Information Literacy

 

C. Media and information literacy - theoretical approaches (standards, assessment,

collaboration, etc.)

· Information literacy and Artificial intelligence

· Information Literacy and information behaviour

· Information literacy and reference services: cyber reference services, virtual reference

services, mobile reference services, expert crowd sourcing, global reference volunteers

· Information literacy cultural and contextual approaches

· Information literacy evaluation and assessment

· Information literacy in different cultures and countries

· Information literacy project management

· Information literacy theory (models, standards, indicators, Moscow Declaration etc.)

· Measuring in information literacy instruction assessment

 

D. New aspects of education/strategic planning, policy, and advocacy for information literacy

in a digital age

· Branding, promotion and marketing for information literacy

· Cross -sectorial; and interdisciplinary collaboration and partnerships for information literacy

· Information literacy policies and development

· Leadership and Governance for information literacy

· Strategic planning for IL

· Strategies in e-learning to promote self-directed and sustainable learning in the area of

information literacy skills.

 

Paper submission:

Submissions in any of the following forms are accepted:

· Full paper to be published in conference proceedings

· Presentation

· Roundtable discussion

· Poster session

· Train-the-trainers workshop

· PechaKucha

 

Papers submission dateline: Friday 16 May 2014

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline May 16, 2014

Notification of acceptance May 31, 2014

Dissemination of final programme June 03, 2014

Deadline for authors to submit slides June 05, 2014

 

For further information: please see the Western Balkan Information Literacy Conference website for additional details at: http://conference.bibliotekabihac.com/

 

Please note: all expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by the Conference Committee, but a special invitation can be issued to authors.

 

LIS Perspectives on Privacy and Information Management

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The Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science (CJILS) invites manuscripts to be considered for the special issue on "LIS Perspectives on Privacy and Information Management" to be published March 2015. Information professionals have the difficult task of managing information and supporting others to do the same in an increasingly complex environment where issues of information protection, control, and ownership are of paramount importance. These issues present challenges to the practice of information professionals: for example, how can libraries adequately protect the privacy of patron information? They also invite a discussion of the role of information professionals in public education and literacy: should information professionals be responsible for public education on issues such as privacy, intellectual property, and copyright? This special issue focuses on the role of information professionals with respect to these aspects of information management. We are seeking submissions that address these issues, examining questions including (but not limited to):

1)  Among information professionals, what is the state of knowledge regarding information protection, control and ownership? What do information professionals know and need to know about issues such as privacy and information management? What training do we offer, and what should we offer, to information professionals with respect to these issues?

2)  How are information professionals responding to the policy issues that arise with respect to privacy and information management? How are these issues affecting service delivery? What policies are being developed, and what are the challenges to effective policy responses?

3)  What is the role of information professionals in helping people to become more literate and able to respond to privacy and information management challenges? What programs are being developed? Are interventions effective?

Extended deadline for submission: September 30, 2014

Authors are invited to visit the journal's website for presentation guidelines and send their submissions in electronic format - an e-mail attachment in Word is preferred - to one of the following addresses:

jburkell@uwo.ca Jacquelyn Burkell

afortie@uwo.ca Alexandre Fortier

 

                                   

Appel à articles - NUMÉRO SPÉCIAL 2015

Perspectives des sciences de l'information et de la bibliothéconomie sur la gestion de l'information et les questions liées à la vie privée

La Revue canadienne des sciences de l'information et de bibliothéconomie (RCSIB) invite les chercheurs à soumettre des manuscrits en vue du numéro spécial consacré aux « Perspectives des sciences de l'information sur la vie privée et de la gestion de l'information », à paraître en mars 2015. Les professionnels de l'information ont la tâche ardue de gérer de l'information et d'aider le public à faire de même dans un environnement de plus en plus complexe où les questions de protection, de contrôle et de propriété de l'information sont d'une importance primordiale. Les défis que présentent ces questions sont multiples. Comment les bibliothèques, par exemple, peuvent-elles protéger adéquatement la confidentialité des renseignements personnels de leur clientèle ? Les professionnels de l'information devraient-ils être responsables de l'éducation du public concernant les questions de vie privée et la gestion de l'information ? Ce numéro spécial porte sur le rôle des professionnels de l'information à l'égard de ces aspects de la gestion de l'information et se concentre sur les questions suivantes (sans toutefois s'y limiter) :

1)   Quel est l'état des connaissances des professionnels de l'information en matière de protection, de contrôle et de propriété de l'information ? Que savent les professionnels de l'information et qu'ont-ils besoin de savoir ? Quelles sont les formations que nous offrons et celles que nous devrions leur offrir concernant ces questions ?

2)   Comment les professionnels de l'information réagissent-ils aux problèmes qu'occasionnent les politiques générales en matière de vie privée et de gestion de l'information ? Comment ces problèmes de politique générale affectent-ils la prestation des services ? Quelles politiques sont mises au point, et quels sont les défis à surmonter afin d'obtenir des réactions efficaces aux problèmes ?

3)   Quel est le rôle joué par les professionnels de l'information quand ils aident leur clientèle à devenir plus compétente et capable de répondre aux défis de la gestion et de la confidentialité des informations ? Quels sont les programmes en cours d'élaboration ?

Échéance pour soumettre une proposition repoussée au : 30 septembre 2014

Les auteurs sont invités à consulter le site web de la revue afin de prendre connaissance du protocole de rédaction. Les propositions doivent être envoyées par voie électronique (idéalement un fichier Word en pièce jointe à un courriel) à l'une ou l'autre des adresses suivantes :

jburkell@uwo.ca Jacquelyn Burkell

afortie@uwo.ca Alexandre Fortier

 

 

 

ACRL Preconferences @ 2015 ALA Annual Conference

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Call for Proposals

 

Share your knowledge with a national audience.  ACRL invites proposal submissions for half-day or full-day preconferences to be offered prior to the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.  Preconferences should allow participants to develop skills related to a specific topic and should focus on interactive learning using a variety of presentation styles.  Programs that offer practical tips and cutting-edge techniques are especially encouraged.

 

Submissions will be accepted through Wednesday, April 30, 2014.  Check out the call for proposals online for complete details.  Direct questions to Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org or call (312) 280-2522.

 

Margot Conahan

Manager, Professional Development

Association of College and Research Libraries
a division of the American Library Association

50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611

312-280-2522; fax: 312-280-2520

mconahan@ala.org

www.acrl.org

CALL FOR CHAPTER PROPOSALS,

A book edited by Karen Medin
 
 
Introduction
 
Knowledge Management (KM) is a multi-faceted movement, gaining momentum in the late nineties, and involving both professional service consultancies and academics.  Each arm of the movement saw management of knowledge differently.  The first saw hidden or tacit knowledge as the problem to be reigned in by technology.  People had to divulge tacit information that then would be stored in user-friendly computer systems and the problem would be solved.  The Information Age had arrived.  Knowledge truly was power.  On the other side of Knowledge Management, emerging in the 21st century, Knowledge Management was seen more as a people issue.  Technology could not manage the knowledge but only human-centered means such as Communities of Practice, Situated Learning and the like could.  Relationships, interactions within environments where processes occur must be the locus of KM.  The interest in database design with its rule-based linear models of knowledge transfer shrinks as interest in sharing, creation, acquisition, exchange, and retention of knowing between living beings take the forefront.
       
Libraries, like other organizations, compete on knowledge.  As the professional library literature attests, we academic librarians are in the midst of an evolutionary and perhaps revolutionary period marked by retooling.  This is in part due to the fact that content is now produced on-line as well as in print.  Furthermore, we are no longer necessarily the collectors, maintainers, and distributers of the human record.  In many cases we are compelled to lease access and at a far greater price, especially when considering that it is ongoing.  We band together to be able to afford that price and the number of people who can (according to lease agreements and Digital Rights Management Systems) have access is limited rather than limitless both by time and space.  Libraries need new business models, new protocols for technology development, images for us as pioneers in entrepreneurship of all kinds.
       
On academic campuses library administrators need to take both arms of the Knowledge Management being into account as they begin to develop new standards and practices.  Industry and academe can inform us in this endeavor.  I proposed this reference book as a means to assist our community in finding out about Knowledge Management as it relates your field: Human Resource Management, Personnel Management, Business, Health Care, Education, Computer Science, Anthropology, Neuroscience, Systems, and the list goes on.  From these chapters we hope to show how KM can inspire librarians to integrate the insights and products referred to and make the best of a powerful new field now flourishing with its own journals and conferences, global firms and consultancies.  I hope that you will be part of that process by contributing to this seminal work with your contribution.
 
Objective of the Book/Target Audience
 
This comprehensive and timely publication aims to be an essential reference source, building on the available literature in the field of Knowledge Management.  It is hoped that this text will provide the resources necessary for policy makers, technology developers, and managers to adopt and implement Knowledge Management in libraries and other organizations across the world.
 
Recommended topics include, but are not limited to the following:
Contributors are welcome to submit chapters on the following topics relating to
Knowledge Management adoption in technological or human-centered arenas as follows:
 
(NOTE:  This is not a HOW-TO publication)
 
What is the relationship of the Communities of Practice movement with the Human Resource Development emphasis on team building?  Mentorship?
 
Does the Community of Practice emphasis on professionals leave out paraprofessionals in libraries?
 
What are the up and down sides of Knowledge Management's branding of the slogan "Knowledge is Power?"
 
Might Librarians learn anything from the systems side of Knowledge Management business models in terms of adjusting to the digital age of content access?
 
 
Submission Procedure
 
Researchers and Practitioners are invited to submit on or before
March 30, 2014 a 2-3-page proposal clearly explaining the nature and scope of your chapter.  You will hear back on May 15 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines.  Full chapters are due by July 30, 2014.  Include with your proposal 8-12 highlighted index terms. Please use MS Word format.  References must be in APA style.  Your biography should be of 50-100 words in length.  Publication will be 150,000-180,000 words.
The latest "E-Resource Round Up" column for volume 26, issue 3 of the Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship (JERL) is currently in preparation and the column editors are looking for contributions. If you've attended a conference or program recently or plan to attend upcoming professional meetings related to electronic resources in libraries, please consider submitting a report for the column.

The "E-Resource Round Up" column is dedicated to helping JERL readers better understand topics related to the ever-changing world of electronic resources and their roles in libraries. It covers developments in the areas of new and emerging technologies and systems related to electronic resources and the digital environment; reports from professional discussion groups, meetings, presentations, and conferences; news and trends related to electronic resource librarianship; tips and suggestions on various aspects of working with electronic resources; opinion pieces; vendor activities; and upcoming events of potential interest to JERL readers.

Your contribution to the column does not have to be lengthy, and could be on any of the topics listed above. This could be an ideal opportunity for you to report on programs that may benefit others in our profession.

The editors would like to receive contributions to the column by Friday, May 23, 2014. Contributions should not be published elsewhere.

If you have a submission or questions, please contact the column editors:

Bob Wolverton
Mississippi State University Libraries
(662) 325-0548
bwolverton@library.msstate.edu

Karen Davidson
Mississippi State University Libraries
(662) 325-3018                  
kdavidson@library.msstate.edu

9th Annual Metrolina Library Conference

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Theme: Change
Location: Harris Campus of CPCC, Charlotte, NC
Date: Thursday June 12, 2014
Sessions: We will be considering other kinds of sessions this year, like
workshops and forums, in addition to the usual breakout format.

Consider submitting a proposal today! Proposals will be due by 5 pm on April 4,
2014.  You will find the proposal submission link on the following page:

http://www.mlalibrary.org/about/current-board-members/Home

 

CALL FOR JURIED PROPOSALS:

WHEN: October 7-9, 2014

 

WHERE: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign iHotel and Conference Center.

 

WHO: Hosted jointly by the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science, the University Library, and the Library Research Roundtable of the American Library Association.

 

WHY: 21st century librarianship has witnessed new forms of cooperation between librarians and the communities they serve.  Academic libraries have adopted new roles that span the scholarly communication lifecycle and advance digital humanities, data stewardship, and eScience initiatives. Public libraries have become community focal points for programming that meets the learning needs of children and their families, encourages the creative use of new technologies, and reaches out to include new and diverse communities. Creative school librarians also work with others to examine issues related to the common core standards, the development of programs that promote and complement curricula, and the exploration of new learning and teaching models.

 

WHAT: This conference will bring together academics and practitioners, including faculty and graduate students from library schools and iSchools, and academic, public and school librarians. The conference will focus on how collaboration and cross-disciplinary research can create new knowledge and chart a course for partnerships with deep and lasting impact. 

CALL FOR CHAPTER PROPOSALS

Proposal Submission Deadline: March 30, 2014 

 

A book edited by Dr. Victor C.X. Wang

(Florida Atlantic University, USA)

 

To be published by IGI Global: http://bit.ly/1ktsGOC

 

For release in the Advances in Knowledge Acquisition, Transfer, and Management (AKATM) Book Series.

 

The Advances in Knowledge Acquisition, Transfer, and Management (AKATM) Book Series brings together research on emerging technologies and its effect on information systems and knowledge society.AKATM will provide researchers, students, practitioners, and industry leaders with highlights on the knowledge management discipline, including technology support issues and knowledge representation.

 

Introduction

Humans do not live in a vacuum. Humans constantly interact with phenomena and each other. As Habermas (Habermas, 1971, as cited in Wang & Cranton, 2013, p. 30) put it, "we all have needs and interests in life and only learning can satisfy these needs and interests such as getting along well with others, controlling the environment and staying away from oppression within our society." To cope with phenomena or relationships effectively, humans need systematic investigation to gain knowledge about a particular phenomenon or a relationship. This systematic investigation can be translated into research, the French word 'recherche,' meaning to search. There is no one best method of research; therefore, research itself warrants multiple ways of generating and sharing knowledge as well as avoiding errors. 

Western researchers have been advised to employ empirical research methods to address research problems. Specifically, researchers have been following this kind of advice, "if you address the magnitude of a research problem, utilize quantitative analyses; if you address the in-depth of a research problem, utilize qualitative analyses." Recently researchers have been advised to adopt "mixed methods research" to tackle research problems to achieve a "comprehensive view" of a research problem. 

These research methods are specifically driven by four epistemological positions: postpositivism, constructivism, advocacy/participatory, and pragmatism. Postpositivists believe that knowledge is created by humans conjecturing and that, for learners to create an understanding, it is important that they work with and challenge the conjectures (Bettis & Gregson, 2001). Constructivists assume that individuals seek an understanding of the world in which they live and work. Individuals develop subjective meanings of their experiences--meanings directed toward certain objects or things (Creswell, 2009, p. 8). Creswell further indicates that these meanings are varied and multiple, leading the learner to look for the complexity of views rather than narrowing meanings into a few categories or ideas. Individuals construct different meanings from the same experiences, and those meanings are valid. Some scholars and educators feel that postpositivist and constructivists do not go far enough in advocating for an action agenda to help marginalized peoples in society. Therefore, they developed an advocacy and participatory worldview by drawing on the writings of Marx and Freire (Neuman, 2000). According to Creswell (2009), an advocacy and participatory worldview holds that learners need to become radical philosophers; that is, they need to have an action agenda for reform that may change the their lives, the institutions in which they work or live, and perhaps the larger society. The course instructor's role is to have learners speak to important social issues of the day--issues such as empowerment, inequality, oppression, domination, suppression, and alienation. Learners are considered to be equals with their course instructors (co-learners). Therefore, learners help design learning questions, collect data, and analyze information together with their course instructors, which may involve the use of technology. Since this epistemological position focuses on the needs of the learners and learners in society that may be marginalized or disenfranchised, the ultimate goal of this position is for learners to develop emancipatory knowledge. The fourth epistemological position is pragmatism, which maintains that a worldview arises out of actions, situations, and consequences rather than antecedent conditions as in postpositivism (Creswell, 2009). Learners are required to use all approaches available to understand problems. To understand problems, learners are free to choose the methods, techniques, and procedures that best meet their needs or purposes. Learners may use multiple methods to understand a particular problem. The emphasis in pragmatism is on hands-on application and practical solutions to problems rather than esoteric or theoretical approaches. 

The four epistemological positions are also supported by deductive and inductive reasoning, which translates into Dewey's scientific method: 

1. Identify and define the problem based on the existing knowledge. 

2. Determine hypotheses about why the problem exists. 

3. Collect and analyze data. 

4. Formulate conclusions. 

5. Apply conclusions to the original hypotheses or theory. 

Step 5 in Dewey's scientific method can be explained as knowledge creation or generating new knowledge, and new knowledge must be published to disseminate it to the general public. Within the Confucian tradition to realize one's inner self or self-actualization, one should be completely free from four things: arbitrariness of opinion, dogmatism, obstinacy, and egotism. Two major tenets of research in Confucius heritage countries (CHC) emerge: (1) Confucian thought of research emphasizes meditation to control oneself, and (2) there needs to be an internal integration between self and nature. The research process that facilitates the development of this meditative and integrated self is to be continually extended through dialogue with others within many different structures of human relationships (Wang & King, 2006). 

While most books on scholarly publishing and research methods focus on a "how to" approach, overreliance upon either quantitative analyses or qualitative analyses or even mixed methods research, very few of these books deviate from Dewey's scientific method or offer different perspectives from other world major cultures. Why have contemporary theorists and statisticians such as Stephen Brookfield and Patricia Cranton published the most popular books to inform readers and researchers worldwide? The answer lies in publication of their chapters in such a unique book as well as chapters by their close peers to address pertinent issues regarding scholarly publishing and research methods across the disciplines. To attain this goal, I call upon all other theorists and statisticians as well as practitioners to reflect upon their research topics related to scholarly publishing and research methods and think about contributing cutting edge chapters to this unique volume. Instead of specifying chapter titles, which might limit potential research areas, authors are encouraged to send their own suggested chapter titles and a brief (no more than one page) proposal to the editor based on the theme of the book and the introduction.

 

Objective of the Book

Handbook of Research on Scholarly Publishing and Research Methods will feature full length chapters (around 13,000 words per chapter) authored by leading experts offering an in-depth description of concepts related to scholarly publishing and research methods in this evolving society.

 

Target Audience

Researchers, scholars, professors, etc.

 

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

Given the theme of this volume, contributing authors (theorists as well as statisticians) may determine their own research topics and send their chapter proposals to the editor for consideration for inclusion in the volume. This volume intends to address all pertinent issues and concerns in scholarly publishing and research methods in our evolving society. Topics in three areas are highly recommended: 

1. Writing and Publishing Dissertations; 
2. Writing and Publishing Journal Articles and Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters; 
3. Fundamentals of Research Methods, covering a variety of methods and approaches, including (but not limited to) quantitative and qualitative analysis.

 

Submission Procedure

Theorists and statisticians are invited to submit on or before March 30, 2014 a chapter proposal (no more than one page) clearly explaining the mission and concerns of their proposed chapter. More than one chapter proposal from worldwide famous theorists and statisticians is welcome. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified immediately about the status of their proposals and sent guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by June 30, 2014. All submitted chapters will be reviewed in a double-blind review process. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

 

Publisher

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 www.igi-global.com. This book is anticipated to be released in 2014.

 

Important Dates

Proposal Submission Deadline: March 30, 2014 
Full chapter Submission: June 30, 2014 
Review Process: June 30, 2014 -August 15, 2014 
Notification of Acceptance: August 15, 2014 
Full Chapter Submission (publication ready): August 30, 2014

 

Inquiries can be forwarded to

Dr. Victor C.X. Wang 
vcxwang@gmail.com

Propose a chapter for this book

 

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