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CFP: LITA Programs at ALA 2016

By sgodbey on September 30, 2015 10:40 AM | Permalink

The LITA Program Planning Committee (PPC) is now accepting innovative and creative proposals for the 2016 Annual American Library Association Conference.  We¹re looking for full day pre-conference ideas as well as 60- and 90-minute conference presentations. The focus should be on technology in libraries, whether that¹s use of, new ideas for, trends in,
or interesting/innovative projects being explored ­ it¹s all for you to propose.

When/Where is the Conference?
The 2016 Annual ALA Conference will be held in Orlando, Florida, from June 23rd through 28th.

What kind of topics are we looking for?
We¹re looking for programs of interest to all library/information agency types that inspire technological change and adoption, or/and generally go above and beyond the everyday.

When are proposals due?
October 23rd, 2015

CFP: 21st Century Funding and Development Strategies for Libraries, the Bottom Line

By sgodbey on September 28, 2015 5:15 PM | Permalink

21st Century Funding and Development Strategies for Libraries


Special issue call for papers from The Bottom Line

Paper submissions due 1 March 2016

This special issue, to be published in 2016, is guest edited by Susan Sharpless Smith, Associate Dean, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC.

What is the focus of this special issue?

Funding is a major issue facing both academic and public libraries as financial support for higher education and public institutions continue to decline. Libraries have to find other ways to fund their budgets.

Call for Chapters: Male Gender Studies in the Library: Case Studies of Innovative Programs and Resources

By sgodbey on September 28, 2015 5:14 PM | Permalink

Male Gender Studies in the Library: Case Studies of Innovative Programs and Resources
Carol Smallwood, ed.  Essays on Women's Studies in the Library (McFarland, 2016); public library administrator, special, school librarian.

Publishers: Rowman & Littlefield. Exploring feasibility---when enough responses have been received you'll be contacted.

Anthology: 3,000-4,000 word chapters by public, school, special, academic librarians, LIS faculty and those involved with library outreach, programming, collection development, resources, community partnerships in the United States and Canada. Innovative chapters on a rapidly changing topic in popular media and an increasing presence in college and graduate classes.

One, two, or three authors per chapter; each chapter by the same author(s). Compensation: one complimentary copy per 3,000-4,000 word chapter accepted no matter how many co-authors or if one or two chapters: author discount on more copies.

CFP: 2016 Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference

By sgodbey on September 28, 2015 5:12 PM | Permalink

The Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association annual conference will be held March 22-25, 2016 at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel in Seattle, Washington. Scholars from a wide variety of disciplines will meet to share their Popular Culture research and interests.

The Biographies Area is soliciting papers that examine the connections between biography and popular culture. Papers and full panel presentations regarding any aspect of popular culture and biography are encouraged. Potential topics might include:
   - Biography and entertainment, art, music, theater
   - Biography and film
   - Biography and criminal justice
   - Television programs about biography
   - Biography and urban legends
   - Biography and folklore
   - Biography and literature
   - Scholarly Biography
   - Controversial Biography
   - Psychoanalysis and Biography
   - Historical Biography
   - Political Biography
   - Autobiography

Prospective presenters should enter their proposals in the PCA/ACA 2016 Event Management database at

CFP: Library Instruction West 2016

By sgodbey on September 25, 2015 3:21 PM | Permalink

Call for Proposals

Library Instruction West 2016: Learning Elevated

The Library Instruction West 2016 Program Committee invites you to submit a proposal to present at our conference, to be held Wednesday, June 8th through Friday, June 10th, 2016 at Westminster College and University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, co-hosted by institutions across the state.

Library Instruction West is the new name for the popular LOEX of the West conference. The new name reflects the mission of the conference and reflects our regional spirit; it also distinguishes this conference from the national LOEX organization and conference.

Library Instruction West 2016 has chosen “Learning Elevated” as this year’s theme.  Utah is widely known for its beautiful mountain ranges and five national parks. In keeping with that landscape, we want to hear about ways librarians are elevating and increasing student learning at their institutions. General categories for possible topics include:

CFP: Critical Librarianship and Pedagogy Symposium

By sgodbey on September 25, 2015 3:09 PM | Permalink

The first ever Critical Librarianship and Pedagogy Symposium will be taking place February 25-26, 2016 in Tucson, AZ at the University of Arizona. Please see our recently-released CFP below, deadline for proposals is October 15, 2015. More information will be shared soon. Hope you can join us!


This symposium is an effort to connect ongoing discourse surrounding critical pedagogy and higher education between academic librarian educators, disciplinary faculty, and other campus instructors. Teaching information literacy is a highly collaborative act between librarians and disciplinary faculty--and with shared needs such as supporting diversity and an instilling awareness of inequality and privilege on our campuses; understanding the neoliberal influences grasping a hold over curriculum and the inner-workings of academia; and implementing our most effective teaching for learning that embodies the whole student--exploring critical pedagogy should be a shared conversation between these groups.

RUSA Call for online learning proposals

By sgodbey on September 25, 2015 3:06 PM | Permalink

RUSA seeks submissions for new webinars and online courses by October 1, 2015. We look forward to receiving innovative proposals with trending topics such as, but not limited to:

    Copyright in the digital age
    Developing community partnerships
    Government data and related resources
    Ideas for Library programs – best practices for developing
    Library marketing and display ideas
    Library spaces and assessing future needs
    Reference for specialized audiences
    Change Management and evaluation
    Leadership development
    Role of the reference librarian

Presenters for accepted proposals will receive compensation for their time and will also receive training for Adobe Connect, RUSA’s online webinar presentation software, and support for Moodle, the online course platform.

CFP: Midwinter discussion forum on strategies for using learning management systems in libraries

By sgodbey on September 25, 2015 3:04 PM | Permalink

Do you work in an academic, public, or school library where you are using
learning management systems (Blackboard, brightspace/Desire2Learn, Canvas,
Moodle, etc.) in new or unusual ways?  For example do you use an LMS for
training library personnel; for non-traditional, online education
opportunities for public library users; for online delivery of library
information in the K-12 environment; are you an academic librarian who has
developed a unique approach to information literacy using an LMS?  Do you plan
to attend the ALA Midwinter Conference (January 8-12, 2016) in Boston?

CFP: Students Lead the Library: The importance of student contributions to the academic library

By sgodbey on August 14, 2015 2:36 PM | Permalink

We invite you to consider submitting a chapter proposal for our upcoming ACRL publication: Students Lead the Library: The importance of student contributions to the academic library. Details below.



Carissa Tomlinson, Towson University,

Sara Arnold-Garza, Towson University,



This edited book, to be published by ACRL, will include practical case studies on library programs and initiatives that seek student input, assistance, and leadership in the academic library. In addition to case studies, the book will highlight the importance of such programs for academic libraries and student success.

Chapter Ideas:

Chapter proposals should focus on implementing, managing, or assessing programs/initiatives related to student contributions to the academic library. Proposals should also explain how their program/initiative does one or more of the following:

·         enhances the student experience with experiential learning

CFP: Training Research Consultants: A Guide for Academic Libraries

By sgodbey on August 14, 2015 2:34 PM | Permalink

Mary O'Kelly, editor of the upcoming Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) publication "Training Research Consultants: A Guide for Academic Libraries," is seeking submissions for case studies of existing peer consulting/mentoring/tutoring programs in academic libraries. This practical guide will provide in-depth descriptions and examples of modern training practices, including the training program for the peer research consultants in the Knowledge Market at Grand Valley State University Libraries.

Peer tutoring is widely understood as a positive form of interactive learning, yet academic libraries have traditionally met student needs through direct library instruction, reference transactions, and by offering spaces for self-directed study, not by providing peer-to-peer learning opportunities. Meeting student need in the middle, by facilitating research mentoring or consulting using highly trained students, is a subset of peer tutoring with limited exposure in the literature.