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Call for Articles: Digital Library Perspectives

Open Education Resources (OERs) are growing both in the number available and in their application for different educational contexts. While OER research is quite active, there remain important opportunities for research to extend beyond its current focus to also examine information-centric problems. For example, the majority of research on OERs focuses on either educational impact or cost savings for students or schools. Often missing in OER research is the examination of how users (e.g., instructors, teachers, students) find, access, assess, and revise the many number of OER resources already available. OER research allows for new and original information-centric findings, which would be expected to receive attention from scholars and practice-oriented researchers throughout library and information science and different education areas. Because OERs are both content and online tools developed for applied purposes and tasks, a range of information-centric topics such as information evaluation, design, information interaction, information seeking, and information retrieval would be relevant to the special issue.

We invite authors to submit their research on Open Education Resources with information centered themes such as (but not limited to):

  • information seeking
  • information retrieval
  • information search
  • information design
  • information interaction
  • information practices
  • information ethics
  • information assessment and evaluation


The special issue will bridge education research with information science research. A natural link exists between these bodies of research, including a special connection between information science and the learning sciences, a relatively new education research field that combines scientific research with design to both study and create learning opportunities. Consequently, articles may also be able to demonstrate opportunities for interdisciplinary research centered around the topic of OERs.

Submissions should comply with the journal author guidelines and should be made through ScholarOne Manuscripts, the online submission and peer review system. 
See: http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=dlp

Important Dates:
Initial submissions due date:  December 1st, 2018 
Preliminary Feedback notification:  January 15th, 2019 
Revised submissions due:  March 1st, 2019 
Peer review / editorial decisions due:  April 15th, 2019 
Final submissions due:  June 1st, 2019 
Expected publication: Summer 2019

Questions can be directed to Dan Albertson at dalbert@buffalo.edu 

Information on Digital Library Perspectives can be found at: http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=dlp 

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Call for Proposals: SLA 2019

You can now submit a proposal for the SLA 2019 Annual Conference. SLA is seeking innovative, hard-hitting conference sessions designed to educate and inspire librarians and information professionals. The SLA 2019 Annual Conference Advisory Council (ACAC) invites both SLA units and individuals to submit proposals for education sessions and continuing education classes to be considered for the 2019 Annual Conference in Cleveland, Ohio, June 14 - 18.

(In addition to education, unit special events such as receptions and offsite tours, as well as board and business meetings must also be submitted using this process.)

To submit your proposal, create an account at sla-events.fluidreview.com/. Guidelines and reference documents are available on the home page to assist you with the submission process. 

When submitting a proposal, please keep the following in mind:

  • Education sessions should relate to the SLA Competencies.
  • Indicate the level of your session: fundamentalintermediate, or master class (advanced).
  • Pick an appropriate desired session length: 20-minute (Quick Take), 60-minute, 75-minute, or 90-minute education session, or a continuing education class.
  • Consider past conference sessions you've attended that have been especially helpful, thought-provoking, engaging, and/or memorable to you. What set them apart from the rest?

Make sure your proposal does justice to your great idea. View this recent informational webinar, which outlines the elements of a strong conference proposal.

Deadline to submit your proposal? Submissions will be accepted through the submission portal until October 15, 2018.

Questions about the submission process? Consult these instructions (prepared for SLA 2018, but still current) and guidelines.

Additional questions? E-mail learning@sla.org.

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Call for Participation: CHIIR Doctoral Consortium

PhD students working in the area of human computer interaction (HCI, information seeking behaviour (IB) and information retrieval (IR) are invited to submit their proposals for participation in a Doctoral Consortium, which will be held on Sunday, 10 March, 2019, in conjunction with the 4th ACM SIGIR Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval (CHIIR 2019) in Glasgow, UK (http://sigir.org/chiir2019/index.html).

The Doctoral Consortium has the following objectives:

  • To provide valuable feedback to  students' on research methods and plans
  • To provide helpful guidance on students' research directions and topics
  • To promote the development of a community of scholars that will help students in their future careers
  • To provide students with opportunities to meet and interact with experienced researchers in the areas of human computer interaction, information seeking behaviour and information retrieval.

PhD students of the accepted proposals are expected to present their research at the Doctoral Consortium. We welcome submissions representing a broad spectrum of research topics relevant to the CHIIR community. Participants will benefit from the advice of senior researchers in the field and from the interaction with peers being at a similar stage of their careers.

SUBMISSION

PhD students interested in engaging in detailed discussions on their research at the Doctoral Consortium are invited to submit a 4-page paper (maximum) describing their thesis work and, in particular, provides clear discussions on:

  • The research problem being addressed
  • The research methodology and techniques being applied
  • The solution being proposed and its validity
  • The relation of the work to the state of the art in HCI, IB and IR

The submitted paper should be discussed with students' respective PhD supervisors before submission. It should adhere to the submission guidelines for the CHIIR conference, available: http://sigir.org/chiir2019/submissions.html

REVIEW PROCESS

Submitted proposals will be reviewed by the Doctoral Consortium jury (see below). The review of the reported research in each proposal will take into account its originality, its potential for advancing the CHIIR related research, and whether the work is at a stage where the student can benefit from participating in the consortium. Rejected submissions will receive written feedback. Confidentiality of submissions will be maintained throughout the review process.

NOTIFICATION

Authors will be notified of the result of their submission by 30 November 2018. Accepted doctoral candidates will receive instructions on how to submit a camera-ready copy of their proposal, and will receive information on the preparation of the presentation and poster.

Acceptance to the Doctoral Consortium is an honour. In turn, accepted candidates are expected to fully commit themselves to the success of the consortium by being open to new ideas and suggestions and providing ideas and suggestions to other participants.

Accepted DC student participants will be encouraged to apply for ACM SIGIR Student Travel Grants to assist with their travel to CHIIR 2019. 

More information about the travel awards is available: http://sigir.org/general-information/travel-grants/

KEY DATES

  • DC paper submission: 21 October, 2018
  • Notification of acceptance: 30 November, 2018
  • Camera-ready copy: TBD
  • Consortium: 10 March, 2019

 

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Call for Proposals: Bridging the Spectrum

 Bridging the Spectrum:

The 11th Annual Symposium on Scholarship and Practice 

Time: Friday, February 8, 2019.  9:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Place: Catholic University of America                                     

 

The Library and Information community is invited to participate in the 2019 Bridging the Spectrum Symposium, to be held at the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, February 8, 2019. The Symposium offers a knowledge-sharing forum and meeting place for practitioners, students, and faculty in Library and Information Sciences and Services.

 

Presentations are selected to showcase innovative practices, projects, and research activities in a variety of library, archives, or information services settings. The Symposium encompasses many aspects of the work of information professionals and diverse viewpoints on issues important to society and the information professions. The goal of the Symposium is to foster connections across the spectrum of the information professions.

 

J. Mark Sweeney, Principal Deputy Librarian of Congress, will be the keynote speaker of the Symposium. In addition to presentations, we will have a poster competition and provide an award for the best poster. More information about the 2019 Symposium is available at https://lis.catholic.edu/news-events/symposium/2019/index.html     

 

 

Proposal Submission

The submission system is open at http://cuaslis.org/openconf/author/submit.php and the deadline for submission is September 18, 2018.   

 

Proposal topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Information services in the "fake news" era
  • New developments in information organization (linked data, semantic web, blockchain, etc.)
  • Preservation and management of digital and digitized resources
  • Management and analysis of data and information
  • Library networks and international collaboration
  • Technology trends and impact on information services
  • Marketing and advocacy for library and information services (social media, community engagement, etc.)
  • Management of information services in cultural institutions

 

 

Presentation Formats

Proposed contributions may take the form of one of these formats:

  • Briefing: A presentation on an innovative practice, initiative, or research activity. Each briefing may take 15-20 minutes. There will morning and afternoon briefing sessions. 
  • Panel: A panel of speakers discussing a theme or a topic, typically one hour in length.  
  • Poster: A poster presentation on a practice, project, research activity or work in progress. Posters will be viewable throughout the day, and there will be a dedicated poster session as well as a "lightning round" of poster descriptions. A best poster award will be presented at the Symposium.

 

 

Important Dates

  • Proposals Due: September 18, 2018
  • Notification of Acceptances: November 5, 2018
  • Final Program released, registration opens: December 11, 2018
  • Symposium: February 8, 2019

 

 

To submit your proposal, go to http://cuaslis.org/openconf/author/submit.php

 

Please feel free to contact the Symposium Committee at cua-slis-symposium@cua.edu if you have questions.

 

Symposium Committee:

Drs. Ingrid-Hsieh-Yee (chair), Sue Yeon Syn, and Jane Zhang

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Call for Papers: Libraries, Archives, Museums and Digital Humanities

CFP Libraries, Archives, Museums and Digital Humanities
Deadline for Submissions: November 1, 2018
Southwest Popular/American Culture Association
Contact email: stauffer@lsu.edu

LIBRARIES, ARCHIVES, MUSEUMS AND DIGITAL HUMANITIES 

Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA) 40th Annual Conference, February 20-23, 2019 Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center Albuquerque, New Mexico http://www.southwestpca.org 

Proposal submission deadline: November 1, 2018 

Proposals for papers and panels will be accepted beginning August 15 for the 40th annual SWPACA conference.  One of the nation's largest interdisciplinary academic conferences, SWPACA offers nearly 70 subject areas, each typically featuring multiple panels. 

For a full list of subject areas, area descriptions, and Area Chairs, please visit http://southwestpca.org/conference/call-for-papers/

The Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Digital Humanities in Popular Culture area solicits proposals from librarians, archivists, curators, graduate students, faculty, collectors, writers, independent scholars, and other aficionados (yes! including people who use libraries, archives, and museums!) of popular culture and cultural heritage settings of all types. We also encourage proposals for slide shows, video presentations, panels, and roundtables organized around common themes.

Some suggested topics include:

  • Histories and profiles of popular culture resources and collections in cultural heritage institutions; a chance to show off what you've got to scholars who might want to use it
  • Intellectual freedom or cultural sensitivity issues related to popular culture resources
  • Book clubs and reading groups, city- or campus-wide reading programs
  • Special exhibits of popular culture resources, outreach programs, etc. of cultural heritage institutions
  • Collection and organization of popular culture resources; marketing and ethical issues
  • Web 2.0, gaming, semantic web, etc. and their impact on libraries, archives, museums, and digital humanities collections
  • The role of public libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions in economic hard times and natural disasters
  • Oral history projects
  • Digital humanities and other digital/data-based projects on popular culture, the Southwest, and other relevant subjects, both those based in cultural heritage institutions and those in academia or other organizations.


All proposals must be submitted through the conference's database at http://register.southwestpca.org/southwestpca

For details on using the submission database and on the application process in general, please see the Proposal Submission FAQs and Tips page at http://southwestpca.org/conference/faqs-and-tips/

Individual proposals for 15-minute papers must include an abstract of approximately 200-500 words. Including a brief bio in the body of the proposal form is encouraged, but not required.  

For information on how to submit a proposal for a roundtable or a multi-paper panel, please view the above FAQs and Tips page.  

SWPACA offers monetary awards for the best graduate student papers in a variety of categories. Submissions of accepted, full papers are due January 1, 2019. 

For more information, visit http://southwestpca.org/conference/graduate-student-awards/

Registration and travel information for the conference is available at http://southwestpca.org/conference/conference-registration-information/

In addition, please check out the organization's peer-reviewed, scholarly journal, Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy, at http://journaldialogue.org/

If you have any questions about the LAMS & DIGITAL HUMANITIES area, please contact its Area Chair, Dr. Suzanne Stauffer stauffer@lsu.edu.

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Call for Papers: School Libraries Worldwide Volume 25, Number 1

School Libraries Worldwide Volume 25, Number 1 (January 2019)

CALL FOR PAPERS
School Libraries Worldwide welcomes submissions of excellent research on any topic relating to school librarianship for the open portion of the journal. School library researchers are invited to submit papers reporting their own original research that has not been published elsewhere. We are especially interested in research that documents school librarianship in a wide range of cultures, geographic locations, and/or diversities.

For the January 2019 issue, School Libraries Worldwide's editors are especially interested in empirical research that pertain to college and/or career readiness. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • School librarians' role in college readiness;
  • School librarians' role in career readiness;
  • School library support for career and technical education (also known as vocational education and training [VET] or training and further education [TAFE];
  • School librarians' cooperation with post-secondary librarians;
  • Community and employer participation in school library programming; and
  • School librarians' role in career guidance and preparation.


SLW also considers high quality empirical research papers unrelated to the theme.

Deadline for submissions of full papers: October 31, 2018.

Authors interested in contributing to this issue should contact the editors, Marcia Mardis (mmardis@fsu.edu) and Nancy Everhart (everhart@fsu.edu).

Submission guidelines are available online at:
http://iasl-online.org/publications/slw/contributors.html

Note that all submissions must take place through the online submission system at http://slw.cci.fsu.edu

School Libraries Worldwide is the official professional and research journal of the International Association of School Librarianship. Peer reviewed and refereed, it is published twice yearly, in January and July, and is available online and through many leading periodical databases. Selected public access articles are available at http://iasl-online.org/publications/slw/public.html

School Libraries Worldwide publishes new works of current research and scholarship on any aspect of school librarianship. All papers are double-blind peer reviewed and adhere to the highest editorial standards.

Submissions and suggestions for the journal should be sent to:
Dr. Marcia A. Mardis and Dr. Nancy Everhart
Editors, School Libraries Worldwide
School of Information
College of Communication & Information
Florida State University
Tallahassee FL 32306-2100 USA
E-mail: slw@cci.fsu.edu

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Oxford Education Research Symposia

Oxford Education Research Symposia - December 2018 at Harris Manchester College, Oxford, UK

We are pleased to invite you to the December 2018 Oxford Education Research Symposia at Harris Manchester College, Oxford, UK Oxford.

On 3 and 4 December we will focus on the topics of finance, law, and economics of education and on 5, 6 & 7 December we will focus on a broad agenda of education topics.
 
Attendees may participate as observerspanel members or presenters of papers, reports, and commentaries concerning aspects relevant to the theory and practice of universal education. The breadth of the sessions covers early childhood, elementary, secondary and higher education.
 
Abstract submission - 10 November
Early registration - 1 October
Regular registration - 12 November
 
NOTATIONS FOR THE MEETINGS:
  • We accept abstracts on a rolling basis and send notifications within a week of submission.
  • Presenters are allocated 20 minutes to present followed by a ten minute question session.
  • Papers presented will be subsequently peer reviewed by external readers for possible inclusion in Symposium books or journal articles.
  • Conference Oxford has hundreds of affordable bedrooms in Oxford colleges available, offering splendid views of college quadrangles and gardens. See our websites for additional lodging and travel information.
  • Please direct inquiries to conferences@oxford-education-research-symposium.comor conference@journalofeducationfinance.com

We hope to see you in Oxford!

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Call for Papers: Libri

Libri was established in 1950 and is a leading international scholarly journal which investigates the aspects of library and information studies from both a historical and present-day perspective and analyses the role of information and knowledge in cultural, organizational, national and international developments.

The journal reports on current trends in library and information studies worldwide and describes their resulting transformation from the introduction of new information and communication technologies, multidisciplinary approaches, changing practices, and evolving methods. Background information and the latest research findings in library and information studies are made accessible to academics, practitioners, and a broader public. 

The editors are pleased to consider papers on new initiatives and current issues in library and information studies worldwide, including, but not limited to topics such as:

  • Libraries (national, public, academic, school, special, etc.) and other information environments
  • Information and knowledge management
  • Information for development (developing and industrialized countries)
  • Indigenous knowledge
  • Literacy (media, information, etc.)
  • Data analytics, big data and their impact on organizations (e.g., customer related data; social science perspective)
  • Digital libraries and repositories
  • Data management, data curation and virtual research environments (VREs)
  • Information ethics and information law
  • Information retrieval
  • Information behavior
  • Freedom of access to information and freedom of expression
  • Archives & preservation
  • Cultural heritage
  • Book and publishing history
  • Theory submissions

Papers may include theoretical issues surrounding philosophies, policies and trends in all types of library, information, archive, and museum studies. 

Articles should be in English and conform to the highest academic standards. Papers that include citations to publications that are not in English or are not in Roman script are welcome. 

 

Libri, the International Journal of Libraries and Information Studies, is published by De Gruyter, and is published both in print (ISSN: 0024-2667) and online (ISSN: 1865-8423) versions.

  

Libri is indexed with and included in De Gruyter Saur, EBSCO, Elsevier SCOPUS, Gale, Proquest, Thomson Reuters, and Web of Science.  

 

Submit your manuscript to the editors at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/libri.

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Call for Posters: AIEF

The 63rd Annual ARMA Conference & Expo will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA from October 22-24, 2018. The conference promises to deliver many opportunities to network and catch up on the latest issues affecting ARMA members.

The AIEF is sponsoring a poster session at the conference to showcase individual or institutional research management or administrative best practices, highlight new developments, or display your research in the sector and share with the wider information management community.

Individual posters may describe applied or theoretical research that is completed or underway that pertains to information management. Submissions should focus on research or activity conducted within the previous year.

Region or Chapter posters may describe region or chapter activities, events, and/or other involvement with the information management profession. A single representative should coordinate the submission of each Region or Chapter proposal.

Submission Instructions and Deadlines

To submit a poster proposal, provide a 200-300 word essay that includes the following information:

  • Title of the poster;
  • Summary of the content;
  • A description of its contributions to the information management profession.
  • All submitted materials must be in PDF format and written in English.

Submission Deadline: Email your proposal to coordinator@armaedfoundation.org by September 21, 2018. Proposals received after this date will not be considered.

  • Applicants will be informed of the AIEF's final decision no later than October 1, 2018.
  • Poster specifications will be sent to presenters selected for the ARMA Conference poster session.
  • Poster presenters are responsible for their cost of travel, accommodations, and meals.  They are also responsible for printing the posters and mounting them for display at the ARMA Conference.
  • Presenters are expected to facilitate/staff their poster at a designated time during the conference.

Poster dimensions: 32 inches by 40 inches (may read vertically or horizontally).

Compensation: Selected presenters will be compensated in the amount of $500.00

For Questions: Please contact the AIEF at coordinator@armaedfoundation.org.

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Call for Proposals: Bridging the Spectrum Symposium

Bridging the Spectrum:

The 11th Annual Symposium on Scholarship and Practice

 

Time: Friday, February 8, 2019.  9:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Place: Catholic University of America                                     

 

The Library and Information community is invited to participate in the 2019 Bridging the Spectrum Symposium, to be held at the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, February 8, 2019. The Symposium offers a knowledge-sharing forum and meeting place for practitioners, students, and faculty in Library and Information Sciences and Services.

Presentations are selected to showcase innovative practices, projects, and research activities in a variety of library, archives, or information services settings. The Symposium encompasses many aspects of the work of information professionals and diverse viewpoints on issues important to society and the information professions. The goal of the Symposium is to foster connections across the spectrum of the information professions.

 

J. Mark Sweeney, Principal Deputy Librarian of Congress, will be the keynote speaker of the Symposium. In addition to presentations, we will have a poster competition and provide an award for the best poster. More information about the 2019 Symposium is available at http://lis.cua.edu/symposium/2019/

 

Proposal Submission

The submission system is open at http://cuaslis.org/openconf/author/submit.php and the deadline for submission is September 18, 2018.   

 

Proposal topics may include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Information services in the "fake news" era
  • New developments in information organization (linked data, semantic web, blockchain, etc.)
  • Preservation and management of digital and digitized resources
  • Management and analysis of data and information
  • Library networks and international collaboration
  • Technology trends and impact on information services
  • Marketing and advocacy for library and information services (social media, community engagement, etc.)
  • Management of information services in cultural institutions

 

 

Presentation Formats

Proposed contributions may take the form of one of these formats: 

  • Briefing: A presentation on an innovative practice, initiative, or research activity. Each briefing may take 15-20 minutes. There will morning and afternoon briefing sessions.
  • Panel: A panel of speakers discussing a theme or a topic, typically one hour in length. 
  • Poster: A poster presentation on a practice, project, research activity or work in progress. Posters will be viewable throughout the day, and there will be a dedicated poster session as well as a "lightning round" of poster descriptions. A best poster award will be presented at the Symposium.

 

 

Important Dates

  • Proposal Submissions Open: July 18, 2018
  • Proposals Due: September 18, 2018
  • Notification of Acceptances: November 5, 2018
  • Final Program released, registration opens: December 11, 2018
  • Symposium: February 8, 2019

 

 

To submit your proposal, go to http://cuaslis.org/openconf/author/submit.php  

 

Please feel free to contact the Symposium Committee at cua-slis-symposium@cua.edu if you have questions.

 

Symposium Committee:

Drs. Ingrid-Hsieh-Yee (chair), Sue Yeon Syn, and Jane Zhang

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Call for Papers: ASIS&T SIG-USE Symposium

CFP: 2018 ASIS&T SIG-USE Symposium:

Moving Toward the Future of Information Behavior Research and Practice

To be held in Vancouver, Canada, November 10, 2018 (Saturday), 1:00 - 5:00 PM

We are pleased to invite you to contribute to the 18th Annual SIG-USE Research Symposium. The upcoming half-day SIG-USE Symposium will focus on the future of information behavior research. It will be comprised of Short Paper and Poster presentations, break-out group discussion sessions, and Awards presentations. It is intended for students, faculty, researchers, and information professionals who are interested in information behavior and practices research and in the translation of findings from this research area into professional practice. It is open to both members and non-members of SIG-USE.

We live in an era of change in terms of the technologies, platforms, and tools at our disposal. With these changes, we are also witnessing changes in communication practices, in the meaning and form of information, and in information behaviors. There has been a significant global shift in the ways that information and knowledge is produced, shared, and used. We have witnessed developments such as the crowdsourcing of knowledge work, the use of new communication channels in information diffusion activities, and the emergence of online environments serving as "third places" and "information grounds". As we consider the future, there are many ways that we might consider information behavior research including users, application, contexts, and methods to study information behavior and practice.

We welcome poster (500 words or less) and short paper (2000 words or less) contributions that describe completed research and research-in-progress, and that showcase empirical, conceptual, theoretical, and methodological findings or rich practice cases and demonstrations, from researchers, graduate students, and practitioners. Our major goals include facilitating information exchange between and among scholars and information professionals, serving as a forum for scholars and professionals new to this area to engage critically with the theme, and for scholars and practitioners alike to receive feedback on preliminary work and works-in-progress.

Specific issues to be addressed depend on the interest of the participants and the issues they bring into the workshop. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Actors/users: How has the concept of the user/actor in information behavior research changed over time? What effect has this had on the ways that we study users' information behaviors, and on our efforts to facilitate users' abilities to access and make use of information? How can we facilitate equitable access and use of information across diverse populations?
  • Applications: New technologies offer opportunities for identity construction and empowerment, or do they? How can information behavior research address local and global issues relating to health, environment, economics, and human rights, among others, creating value for all?
  • Contexts: Information behaviors occur in many contexts, including within work and recreational settings, and as a part of everyday life. They also arise out of needs in particular situations, such as in response to health conditions, and may be triggered due to factors such as serendipitous encounters. How do characteristics of organizations and information society (e.g., cultural norms, legal frameworks, communication structures, political hierarchies, etc.) influence the access to and use of information and technologies?
  • Methods: Users, applications, and the contexts in which information behaviors occur are continually evolving. What does this mean for the methods that we use to study information behavior, and moreover, for practice?
  • With all of these developments, we also encounter questions concerning research ethics. Though the future brings new opportunities and possibilities, concerns persist and questions arise as society evolves. How have the roles of researchers and participants changed in this evolving digital landscape?

Submission Categories:

Short Papers (2000 words or less):

  • Will be followed by small group discussions, so submissions that generate stimulating dialogue and exchange are ideal
  • Tend to have richer discussion of the methods and results
  • Provide more contextualization of the work within the background literature

Posters (500 words or less):

  • Provide an opportunity for more one-on-one feedback on early work and work-in-progress
  • Preliminary work is not required

References do not count towards the word limit. 

Submissions should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Please access the submission website to upload your submission:  https://utk.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3lTWAmYnImINTo1
  • Please submit an anonymized Word or PDF file.
  • The deadline for submission is August 22, 2018
  • We will send out notifications of acceptance by September 26, 2018.
All submissions will be peer-reviewed. Accepted documents will be circulated prior to and following the Symposium, when possible. Presenters who have their short paper accepted should plan on presentations of up to 8 minutes in total. Short-paper presenters should also expect to e-mail their slides in advance of the Symposium. Poster presenters will stand next to their posters and present a short 30-second introduction to their research. Details of these requirements will be provided after notifications of acceptance.
IMPORTANT DATES:
(New deadline) August 22, 2018, 11:59 pm (Anywhere on Earth): Submission due
September 26, 2018: Notices of acceptance issued
REGISTRATION FEES [Early bird (through 10/1) / Advance (10/2 - 11/2) / On site]:

ASIS&T Members: $130 / $155 / $180

Non-Members: $160 / $185 / $210

ASIS&T Student Members: $100 / $125 / $150

Student Non-Members: $130 / $155 / $180

The registration fee is $30 off for students (use discount code USE30 at registration), so if you are a student member and register no later than Monday, 1 October, 2018, it will be $100!

The registration fee will cover Symposium costs and an afternoon break with snacks.

To register for the 2018 ASIS&T Annual Meeting and the SIG-USE Symposium, please visit: https://www.asist.org/am18/registration/

For more information about the 2018 SIG-USE Symposium, please visit our website:

https://siguse.wordpress.com/2018/05/29/2018-asist-sig-use-symposium-cfp/

For more information about SIG-USE, please see:

https://siguse.wordpress.com/

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Call for Study Participants: EBSCO UX Tests

Undergrad & Graduate Students

Do you conduct research in your field? We want to hear from you!

EBSCO is partnering with Simmons UX lab to learn about how you conduct RESEARCH! Participate and earn $100.00 Amazon gift card Interested?

To sign up by Aug. 17th, go to: https://airtable.com/shrUXAxgj7SJ7VSyZ

Or contact: Kristen karakelian@ebsco.com

EBSCO is working to create an innovative research platform that aims to deliver better content with intuitive interfaces and improved user experience. The search results block is the most critical part of the research workflow/journey. The search results page serves as an end-point of information hunting and illuminating the path towards digestible results. 
 
EBSCO's User Experience team will be conducting in-person moderated usability sessions, at Simmons UX lab on August 28th and 29th. We are looking for user feedback on the new search results block designs. Our moderator will guide you through the session. This session will be about 30 minutes. During the session, you will be provided with designs and you will be asked to review them and complete tasks and questions we have for you. There are no right or wrong answers. Your honest feedback would be most valuable. 
 
Here's what participation would mean for you:
  • 30 min. in person moderated usability session to take place at Simmons College UX lab.
  • Evaluate the usability of the search results block - content hierarchy, navigation, effectiveness, ease of use, satisfaction
  • Identify which part of the design works for users and what fails
  • Understand user needs and preferences - what brings happiness
  • Determine what changes are needed to improve the usability of the search results block
  • You will receive $100.00 Amazon gift card for your time and participation.
 

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Call for Submissions: Journal of Intellectual Freedom & Privacy

Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy (JIFP): https://journals.ala.org/index.php/jifp

This is the only journal dedicated to freedom of speech, censorship, privacy, information ethics, and related topics (in libraries and the broader world).

It is now accepting manuscript submissions on these topics.

Papers should be 4000-8000 words and formatted in Chicago style for double-blind peer review.

Please follow the above link to learn more and submit your papers.

 

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Call for Papers: SWPACA

Call for Papers: LIBRARIES, ARCHIVES, MUSEUMS AND DIGITAL HUMANITIES
 
Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)
40th Annual Conference, February 20-23, 2019
 
Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
 
Albuquerque, New Mexico
 
 
Proposal submission deadline: November 1, 2018
 
Proposals for papers and panels will be accepted beginning August 15 for the 40th annual SWPACA conference.  One of the nation's largest interdisciplinary academic conferences, SWPACA offers nearly 70 subject areas, each typically featuring multiple panels.  For a full list of subject areas, area descriptions, and Area Chairs, please visit http://southwestpca.org/conference/call-for-papers/

The Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Digital Humanities in Popular Culture area solicits proposals from librarians, archivists, curators, graduate students, faculty, collectors, writers, independent scholars, and other aficionados (yes! including people who use libraries, archives, and museums!) of popular culture and cultural heritage settings of all types. We also encourage proposals for slide shows, video presentations, panels, and roundtables organized around common themes.

Some suggested topics include:
  • Histories and profiles of popular culture resources and collections in cultural heritage institutions; a chance to show off what you've got to scholars who might want to use it
  • Intellectual freedom or cultural sensitivity issues related to popular culture resources
  • Book clubs and reading groups, city- or campus-wide reading programs
  • Special exhibits of popular culture resources, outreach programs, etc. of cultural heritage institutions
  • Collection and organization of popular culture resources; marketing and ethical issues
  • Web 2.0, gaming, semantic web, etc. and their impact on libraries, archives, museums, and digital humanities collections
  • The role of public libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions in economic hard times and natural disasters
  • Oral history projects
  • Digital humanities and other digital/data-based projects on popular culture, the Southwest, and other relevant subjects, both those based in cultural heritage institutions and those in academia or other organizations.


All proposals must be submitted through the conference's database at http://register.southwestpca.org/southwestpca

For details on using the submission database and on the application process in general, please see the Proposal Submission FAQs and Tips page at http://southwestpca.org/conference/faqs-and-tips/

Individual proposals for 15-minute papers must include an abstract of approximately 200-500 words. Including a brief bio in the body of the proposal form is encouraged, but not required.  

For information on how to submit a proposal for a roundtable or a multi-paper panel, please view the above FAQs and Tips page.  

SWPACA offers monetary awards for the best graduate student papers in a variety of categories. Submissions of accepted, full papers are due January 1, 2019.  For more information, visit http://southwestpca.org/conference/graduate-student-awards/

Registration and travel information for the conference is available at http://southwestpca.org/conference/conference-registration-information/

In addition, please check out the organization's peer-reviewed, scholarly journal, Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy, at http://journaldialogue.org/

If you have any questions about the LAMS & DIGITAL HUMANITIES area, please contact its Area Chair, Dr. Suzanne Stauffer stauffer@lsu.edu.

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Call for Proposals: CIDLIS 2018

This year's theme--What are We Waiting For?--encourages all who are involved and/or interested in LIS to contemplate the ways in which our institutions and our communities might best prioritize which needs to address, as well as the ways in which we can all become more successful as advocates and activists.

 

To this end, we extend a call for abstracts of papers at the intersection of information, diversity, and inclusion in the areas of education, professions, practice, or research. Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Information professionals and institutions as change agents;
  • First-person narratives that address individual or organizational responses to recently enacted policies;
  • Methods for effective advocacy for underserved and/or persecuted patron groups;
  • Programming and services to traditionally underserved populations (e.g. people with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQIA community).
  • Diversity in LIS;
  • Cultural competence and LIS;
  • Information professionals' roles in promoting human rights and social justice;

 

Presenting at CIDLIS is an excellent way to share your ideas and innovations with professionals, academics, students, and government representatives who genuinely want to promote change in the LIS field. Please copy/paste the following URL in order to access the form that allow you to submit the abstract of a paper to be considered for presentation during the conference [https://goo.gl/forms/fAPHcJD1vv6voZ1y2]

Submissions must be received by 11:59 PM on Monday, September 17, 2018. 

Please direct conference-related questions and concerns to Dr. Renee Hill at cidlis.umd@gmail.com.

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Call for Applications: VRA Foundation Internship Award

The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) is pleased to invite applications for the sixth VRAF Internship Award in visual resources and image management. This internship is generously funded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

The VRAF Internship Award provides financial support for graduate students and recent graduates preparing for a career in visual resources and image management. The award grants $3,000 to support a period of internship in archives, libraries, museums, visual resources collections in academic institutions, or other appropriate contexts. It also provides $1,000 for professional development, and a one-year complimentary student membership in the Visual Resources Association.

Candidates should apply after developing a project with a specific collection and prospective supervisor. Priority will be given to applicants who submit projects that support art historical or related visual cultural heritage research and scholarship. The VRAF Internship Award Committee favors opportunities in which the intern may integrate skills acquired during the course of his or her academic training to manage a project from beginning to end, with the host institution receiving needed help in making valuable but hidden cultural collections visible. Projects that would not occur without funding for an intern may be given special consideration. A complete description of the internship and application instructions are available at: https://vrafoundation.com/internship-award/.

Applications are due by August 6, 2018. The award recipient for 2018-2019 will be announced on August 27, 2018.

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Call for Participation: iConference 2019

iConference 2019 - 14th International Gathering of Information Scholars and Industry Professionals 

March 31 - April 3, 2019

Washington, DC, USA

https://ischools.org/the-iconference/call-for-participation/ 

Please join the 14th International Gathering of Information Scholars and Industry Professionals at iConference 2019 by submitting your research. We invite participants to discuss what it means to inform in the 21st century, how to broaden inclusion in the information revolution, and to question how we can best inspire individuals and organizations to use information for good in our rapidly changing knowledge society.

Topics:

information behavior

information policy

social, cultural, health and community informatics

education in Library and Information Science

information policy

information retrieval

information services

digital curation and preservation

digital youth

digital humanities

data science

data, text and knowledge mining

computational social science

big data

data analytics

data management 

network science

data ethics

Tracks:

Papers

Posters

Workshops

Sessions for Interaction and Engagement

iSchool Partnerships and Practices

Doctoral Student Colloquium

Early Career Colloquium

Doctoral Dissertation Award

Blue Sky Track (NEW FOR 2019)

Undergraduate Symposium (NEW FOR 2019)

Important Dates

10 September 2018: Deadline for papers, posters, workshop proposals, DC and ECC

1 October 2018: Deadline for Blue Sky, SIE, iSchools Partnerships and Practices, Undergraduate Symposium and Doctoral Dissertation Award

Call for Submissions: https://ischools.org/the-iconference/call-for-participation/

Website: https://iconference2019.umd.edu/

Linkedin Page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/ischools-inc/

Twitter: https://twitter.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IConference/

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Call for Proposals: LRRT

LRRT is now accepting proposals for programs for the 2019 ALA Annual Conference.  Research-related presentations of all kinds are encouraged. This CFP is in addition to the competitive 2019 LRRT Research Forum which will be open later this fall. 

For information about submitting a program proposal for the 2019 Annual Conference to take place in Washington, D.C., June 20-25, 2019, as well as a link to the submission site, please visit: http://www.ala.org/news/member-news/2018/06/2019-ala-annual-conference-program-proposals-are-now-open

 

Important Dates

Call for Proposals Closes: August 31, 2018

Final Decisions: November 9, 2018

Schedule of Sessions Announced: December 5, 2018

For more information, please contact Jen Sweeney at jksweeney572@gmail.com.

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Call for Proposals - Bridging the Spectrum: The 11th Annual Symposium on Scholarship and Practice

Time: Friday, February 8, 2019.  9:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Place: Catholic University of America                                     

 

We are delighted to invite proposals for the 2019 Bridging the Spectrum Symposium! Researchers, practitioners and students are encouraged to submit proposals to share research findings, best practices, and works in progress. The submission system is now open at http://cuaslis.org/openconf/author/submit.php   

 

We encourage you to submit proposals related to various aspects of the field of library and information science. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Information services in the "fake news" era
  • New developments in information organization (linked data, semantic web, blockchain, etc.)
  • Preservation and management of digital and digitized resources 
  • Management and analysis of data and information
  • Library networks and international collaboration
  • Technology trends and impact on information services
  • Marketing and advocacy for library and information services (social media, community engagement, etc.) 
  • Management of information services in cultural institutions

 

 

Presentation Formats

Proposed contributions may take the form of one of these formats:

  • Briefing: A presentation on an innovative practice, initiative, or research activity. Each briefing may take 15-20 minutes. There will morning and afternoon briefing sessions.
  • Panel: A panel of speakers discussing a theme or a topic, typically one hour in length.  
  • Poster: A poster presentation on a practice, project, research activity or work in progress. Posters will be viewable throughout the day, and there will be a dedicated poster session as well as a "lightning round" of poster descriptions.

 

 

Important Dates

  • Proposal Submissions Open: July 18, 2018
  • Proposals Due: September 18, 2018
  • Notification of Acceptances: November 5, 2018
  • Final Program released, registration opens: December 11, 2018
  • Symposium: February 8, 2019

 

 

To submit your proposal, go to http://cuaslis.org/openconf/author/submit.php 

 

More information about the 2019 Symposium is available 

at http://lis.cua.edu/symposium/2019/

 

Overviews of past symposia are available on the Symposium website at http://lis.cua.edu/symposium/ 

 

Please feel free to contact the Symposium Committee at cua-slis-symposium@cua.edu if you have questions. 

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Call for Chapters: Homeschooling and Libraries, McFarland

Homeschooling and Libraries

Book Publisher: McFarland


One or two chapters (3,000-5,000 words) sought from U.S. practicing academic, public, school, special librarians, LIS faculty, library administrators, and board members. Successful proposals will address creative, practical, how-to chapters and case studies depicting a variety of specific programs, projects, aspects, and angles of the library role and impact on homeschooling process, families, and students, within the library walls and beyond. We are also looking for ideas (whether implemented or not) that can serve as a basis, a foundation, to incorporate into an MLIS course; a Human Resources' or an organizational plan, as well as a kick-start to personal career goals planning. A tentative Table of Contents can be provided per request.




No previously published, simultaneously submitted material. One, two, or three authors per chapter. Compensation: one complimentary copy per 3,000-5,000 word chapter accepted no matter how many co-authors or if one or two chapters by the same author(s); author discount. Contributors are expected to sign a release form in order to be published.



Please e-mail titles of proposed chapter(s) with a concise clear summary or brief outline of the main talking points by August 28, 2018, with brief bio on each author; place HOM, Your Name, on subject line to gubnitv11@gmail.com

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Call for Papers: European Academy of Religion Annual Conference

European Academy of Religion Annual Conference (Bologna, March 4-7 2019)
Panel: New Frontiers of Technology and the Study of Religion. The Emerging and Transformative Role of Libraries, Universities, and Cultural Heritage Institutions 
OPEN CALL 
Proponent: Amy Phillips (Georgetown University) and Christopher Morse (University of Luxembourg) (co-chairs) 
 
Abstract: This is a continuation of last year's New Frontiers of Technology and the Study of Religion: the Emerging and Transformative Role of Libraries, Universities, and Cultural Heritage Institutions panel. We will showcase the work of libraries, academic or intellectual centers, and scholars working on projects that are born-digital or are digital representations of physical collections, or a hybrid of both. Looking within the context of centers and libraries devoted to theological or religious studies, special attention will be paid to how these disciplines influence and shape the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings which drive projects that use burgeoning technologies or utilize already existing ones. 
Topics can include: 
  1. Digital Humanities Initiatives
  2. Virtual/Augmented Reality for Cultural Heritage
  3. User Experience/Interaction Design for Cultural Heritage
  4. New Applications of Image Archives (e.g. IIIF)
  5. Digital Critical Editions
  6. Innovative Digital Exhibitions
  7. Res 
Language: English 
Disciplines involved: Librarianship, Digital Humanities, Theology, Religion, Technology 
If you want to submit your paper, please write to: aep49@georgetown.edu and christopher.morse@uni.lu 

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Call for Participation: 2018 ASIS&T SIG-USE Symposium

Moving Toward the Future of Information Behavior Research and Practice
To be held in Vancouver, Canada, November 10, 2018 (Saturday), 1:00 - 5:00 PM

We are pleased to invite you to contribute to the 18th Annual SIG-USE Research Symposium.

The upcoming half-day SIG-USE Symposium will focus on the future of information behavior research.

It will be comprised of Short Paper and Poster presentations, break-out group discussion sessions, and Awards presentations.

It is intended for students, faculty, researchers, and information professionals who are interested in information behavior and practices research and in the translation of findings from this research area into professional practice. It is open to both members and non-members of SIG-USE.

We live in an era of change in terms of the technologies, platforms, and tools at our disposal.

With these changes, we are also witnessing changes in communication practices, in the meaning and form of information, and in information behaviors. There has been a significant global shift in the ways that information and knowledge is produced, shared, and used. We have witnessed developments such as the crowdsourcing of knowledge work, the use of new communication channels in information diffusion activities, and the emergence of online environments serving as "third places" and "information grounds".

As we consider the future, there are many ways that we might consider information behavior research including users, application, contexts, and methods to study information behavior and practice.

We welcome poster (500 words or less) and short paper (2000 words or less) contributions that describe completed research and research-in-progress, and that showcase empirical, conceptual, theoretical, and methodological findings or rich practice cases and demonstrations, from researchers, graduate students, and practitioners. Our major goals include facilitating information exchange between and among scholars and information professionals, serving as a forum for scholars and professionals new to this area to engage critically with the theme, and for scholars and practitioners alike to receive feedback on preliminary work and works-in-progress.

Specific issues to be addressed depend on the interest of the participants and the issues they bring into the workshop. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Actors/users: How has the concept of the user/actor in information behavior research changed over time? What effect has this had on the ways that we study users' information behaviors, and on our efforts to facilitate users' abilities to access and make use of information? How can we facilitate equitable access and use of information across diverse populations?

Applications: New technologies offer opportunities for identity construction and empowerment, or do they? How can information behavior research address local and global issues relating to health, environment, economics, and human rights, among others, creating value for all?

Contexts: Information behaviors occur in many contexts, including within work and recreational settings, and as a part of everyday life. They also arise out of needs in particular situations, such as in response to health conditions, and may be triggered due to factors such as serendipitous encounters. How do characteristics of organizations and information society (e.g., cultural norms, legal frameworks, communication structures, political hierarchies, etc.) influence the access to and use of information and technologies?

Methods: Users, applications, and the contexts in which information behaviors occur are continually evolving. What does this mean for the methods that we use to study information behavior, and moreover, for practice?

With all of these developments, we also encounter questions concerning research ethics. Though the future brings new opportunities and possibilities, concerns persist and questions arise as society evolves. How have the roles of researchers and participants changed in this evolving digital landscape?

Submission Categories:

Short Papers (2000 words or less):

  • Will be followed by small group discussions, so submissions that generate stimulating dialogue and exchange are ideal
  • Tend to have richer discussion of the methods and results
  • Provide more contextualization of the work within the background literature

Posters (500 words or less):

Provide an opportunity for more one-on-one feedback on early work and work-in-progress
Preliminary work is not required

Submissions should adhere to the following guidelines:

Please access the submission website to upload your submission: https://utk.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3lTWAmYnImINTo1
Please submit an anonymized Word or PDF file.
The deadline for submission is August 15, 2018
We will send out notifications of acceptance by September 26, 2018.


All submissions will be peer-reviewed.
Accepted documents will be circulated prior to and following the Symposium, when possible.
Presenters who have their short paper accepted should plan on presentations of up to 8 minutes in total.
Short-paper presenters should also expect to e-mail their slides in advance of the Symposium.
Poster presenters will stand next to their posters and present a short 30-second introduction to their research.
Details of these requirements will be provided after notifications of acceptance.

IMPORTANT DATES:
August 15, 2018, 11:59 pm (Anywhere on Earth): Submissions due
September 26, 2018: Notices of acceptance issued

REGISTRATION FEES [Early bird (through 10/1) / Advance (10/2 - 11/2) / On site]:

ASIS&T Members: $130 / $155 / $180

Non-Members: $160 / $185 / $210

ASIS&T Student Members: $100 / $125 / $150

Student Non-Members: $130 / $155 / $180

The registration fee is $30 off for students (use discount code USE30 at registration), so if you are a student member and register no later than Monday, 1 October, 2018, it will be $100!

The registration fee will cover Symposium costs and an afternoon break with snacks.

To register for the 2018 ASIS&T Annual Meeting and the SIG-USE Symposium, please visit: https://www.asist.org/am18/registration/

For more information about the 2018 SIG-USE Symposium, please visit our website:

https://siguse.wordpress.com/2018/05/29/2018-asist-sig-use-symposium-cfp/

For more information about SIG-USE, please see:

https://siguse.wordpress.com/

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Call for Chapters: The Information Literacy Framework

Call for Chapters

The Information Literacy Framework:  Case Studies of Successful Implementation

Chapter proposals are invited to this volume, to be published by Rowman & Littlefield as part of the ALISE Book Series. The book will be edited by Heidi Julien (University at Buffalo), and Melissa Gross and Don Latham (Florida State University). The book's working title is "The Information Literacy Framework:  Case Studies of Successful Implementation." It is intended to help demystify how to incorporate ACRL's Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education into information literacy instruction in higher education as well as how to teach the new Framework to pre-service librarians as part of their professional preparation. The book will bring together:

  • current case studies from academic librarians who are implementing the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education;
  • current case studies from libraries which are training their staff to implement the Framework; and
  • current cases from Library and Information Science faculty, who are working to prepare their pre-service students to practice in the new instructional environment.

Individual chapters will describe how a library is implementing the Framework, or how the Framework is being taught to pre-service librarians. Chapters will focus on successes, while acknowledging challenges. Authors are expected to be reflective and tie their narratives to existing literature and to theory. Instructional librarians, administrators, educators, and students will benefit from the experiences of the people on the ground who are actively working to make the transition to the Framework in their professional practice.

Chapter proposals (approx. 500 words) are due August 1, 2018. Authors will be notified by September 1, 2018 whether their proposal has been selected for expansion to a full chapter. Full chapters will be about 5000 words in length, and will be due March 1, 2019.

 

Send chapter proposals to: Heidi Julien (heidijul@buffalo.edu). 

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Call for Papers: Innovative Methods in Health Information Behaviour Research

Special issue call for papers from Aslib Journal of Information Management

This special issue, to be published in 2019, is guest edited by Ina Fourie (University of Pretoria, South Africa) and Heidi Julien (University at Buffalo, NY, USA).

 

What is the focus of this special issue?

Methods in information behaviour research have remained relatively stable over time. Interviews and questionnaires remain the primary methods used in empirical studies. Although a diversity of diseases, contexts and groups has been covered in information behaviour research for health contexts, understanding of information behaviour can benefit from studies using a range of more innovative methods, including visual methods, methods focusing on embodiment, discursive approaches, and participatory techniques. 

 

For this special issue, we invite papers on innovative research methods used in studies of health information behaviour. The emphasis must be on the critical assessment of the method, and its particular value for the group under study, rather than a simple report of findings. Potential methods of interest could include (but are not limited to):

  • Participatory methods including participatory action research
  • Visual research methods
  • Metaphor identification
  • Methods focusing on embodiment
  • Discursive research methods, e.g. narratives, traditional storytelling
  • Autoethnography
  • Agile research methodology
  • Meta-analyses, systematic reviews, and content analyses on the use of these methods in health information behavior studies will also be considered.

 

Submissions 

Papers should focus on any one or more methods appropriate to study health information behaviour, in the context of any disease or user group; the focus should be on the use of innovative research methods. The value of the research methods should be assessed in a critical and analytical manner.

 

Opinion pieces will not be considered for the special issue.

 

Papers should be 4,000 to 9,000 words in length (including references) and in formatted accordance with the journal's author guidelines.

 

About the Journal

Aslib Journal of Information Management (AJIM; previously: Aslib Proceedings, ISSN: 2050-3806) is a peer-reviewed international journal providing key insights into the latest international developments in the research and practice of information management and information science. 

 

Information about the journal can be found at http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=AJIM

 

Schedule dates and submission deadlines

 

Paper submission: 30 January, 2019

 

Notice of review results: 30 March, 2019

 

Revisions due: 30 April, 2019

 

Publication: Aslib Journal of Information Management, volume 71, issue 5, 2019

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Call for Papers: JCLIS

Deadline Extended for Libraries and Archives in the Anthropocene  - JCLIS special issue
Download a PDF version of the Call for Papers for the issue on Libraries and Archives in the Anthropocene:
Guest Editors: John Burgess, Robert D. Montoya, Eira Tansey
As stewards of collective knowledge, librarians, archivists, and educators in the information fields are facing the realities of the Anthropocene, which has the potential for cataclysmic environmental change, with a dawning awareness of its unique implications for their missions and activities. The Anthropocene is a proposed designation for an epoch of geological time in which human activity has led to significant and irrevocable changes to the Earth's atmosphere, geology, and biosphere. Some professionals in these fields are focusing new energies on the need for environmentally sustainable practices in their institutions. Some are prioritizing the role of libraries and archives in supporting climate change communication and influencing government policy and public awareness. Others foresee an inevitable unraveling of systems and ponder the role of libraries and archives in a world much different from the one we take for granted. Climate disruption, continued reliance on fossil fuels, toxic waste, deforestation, soil exhaustion, agricultural crisis, depletion of groundwater, loss of biodiversity, mass migration, sea level rise, and extreme weather events are problems that threaten to overwhelm civilization's knowledge infrastructures, and present information institutions with unprecedented challenges.
This special issue of the Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies (JCLIS) will serve as a space to explore these challenges and establish directions for future efforts and investigations. We invite proposals from academics, librarians, archivists, activists, museum professionals, and others.
Some suggested topics and questions:
  • How can information institutions operate more sustainably?
  • How can information scholars and professionals better serve the needs of policy discussions and public awareness with respect to climate change and other threats to the environment?
  • How can information institutions support skillsets and technologies that are relevant following systemic unraveling?
  • What will information work look like without the infrastructures we take for granted?
  • How does information literacy instruction intersect with ecoliteracy?
  • How can information professionals support or participate in radical environmental activism?
  • What are the implications of climate change for disaster preparedness?
  • What role do information workers have in addressing issues of environmental justice? How do such issues of environmental justice relate to other forms of social justice?
  • What are the implications of climate change for preservation practices?
  • Should we question the wisdom of preserving access to the technological cultural legacy that has led to the current environmental crisis? Why or why not?
  • Is there a responsibility to document, as a mode of bearing witness, society's confrontation with the causes of significant environmental problems?
  • Given the ideological foundations of libraries and archives in Enlightenment thought, and given that Enlightenment civilization may be leading to its own environmental endpoint, are these ideological foundations called into question? And with what consequences?
  • What role do MLIS, MIS, iSchools, and other graduate (and undergraduate) programs have to play in relation to the aforementioned issues?
Deadline for Submission: September 9, 2018
Types of Submissions
JCLIS welcomes the following types of submissions:
  • Research Articles (no more than 7,000 words)
  • Perspective Essays (no more than 5,000 words)
  • Literature Reviews (no more than 7,000 words)
  • Interviews (no more than 5,000 words)
  • Book or Exhibition Reviews (no more than 1,200 words)
  • Research articles and literature reviews are subject to peer review by two referees.
  • Perspective essays are subject to peer review by one referee. Interviews and book or exhibition reviews are subject to review by the issue editor(s).
Contacts
Please direct questions to the guest editors for the issue:
John Burgess, University of Alabama: jtfburgess@ua.edu
Robert D. Montoya, Indiana University, Bloomington: montoya@indiana.edu
Eira Tansey, University of Cincinnati: eira.tansey@uc.edu
Submission Guidelines for Authors
The Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies welcomes submissions from senior and junior faculty, students, activists, and practitioners working in areas of research and practice at the intersection of critical theory and library and information studies.
Authors retain the copyright to material they publish in the JCLIS, but the Journal cannot re-publish material that has previously been published elsewhere. The journal also cannot accept manuscripts that have been simultaneously submitted to another outlet for possible publication.
Citation Style
JCLIS uses the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition as the official citation style for manuscripts published by the journal. All manuscripts should employ the Notes and Bibliography style (as footnotes with a bibliography), and should conform to the guidelines as described in the Manual.
Submission Process
Manuscripts are to be submitted through JCLIS' online submission system (http://libraryjuicepress.com/journals/index.php/jclis) by September 9, 2018. This online submission process requires that manuscripts be submitted in separate stages in order to ensure the anonymity of the review process and to enable appropriate formatting.
Abstracts (500 words or less) should be submitted in plain text and should not include information identifying the author(s) or their institutional affiliations. With the exception of book reviews, an abstract must accompany all manuscript submissions before they are reviewed for publication.
The main text of the manuscript must be submitted as a stand-alone file (in Microsoft Word or RTF)) without a title page, abstract, page numbers, or other headers or footers. The title, abstract, and author information should be submitted through the submission platform.

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Call for Applications: ASIS&T SIGUSE

ASIS&T SIGUSE offers several awards for travel and research this year and the application due date is extended to July 22. If you have not applied for the awards yet, please do it now. 
The Elfreda A. Chatman Research Award for "best research proposal that falls within the scope of information behavior."  ($1,000) 
The Innovation Award for "innovative work that falls within the scope of information behavior." ($200) 
The Student Conference Travel Award to "assist students in a Master's or doctoral program in attending the ASIS&T annual conference by defraying travel expenses" ($500) 
The Interdisciplinary Conference Travel Award to "provide financial support for members to attend non-LIS specific conference." ($200)
The Best Information Behavior Conference Paper Award in recognition of the best information behavior paper accepted for presentation at the ASIS&T Annual Meeting ($200). 
The Best Information Behavior Conference Poster Award in recognition of the best information behavior paper accepted for presentation at the ASIS&T Annual Meeting ($200). 
Please note the application requirements and procedures for the various awards, which can be found from the SIGUSE Website (https://siguse.wordpress.com/awards/) and encourage your faculty, colleagues, and students to apply.
Award winners will receive a Certificate and a check for each value and be formally recognized at the SIGUSE symposium to be held at the upcoming ASIST annual meeting in Vancouver, BC.
Applications can be sent to the 2018 SIGUSE Award Chair: Sanghee Oh (sanghee.oh@cnu.ac.kr or sanghee.oh@gmail.com). 

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Request for Qualifications: OCLC WebJunction Study

Request for Qualifications

Associate Research Consultant for the project,

Public Libraries Respond to the Opioid Epidemic with Their Community

 

Submission deadline: Please provide requested qualifications to Kendra Morgan via email by 5:00 PM (Pacific) on Friday, July 20, 2018. Questions or clarifications are welcome prior to submission.

Organizational Summary

Founded in 1967, OCLC is a global nonprofit library cooperative that provides shared technology services, original research and community programs for its membership and the library community at large. We are librarians, technologists, researchers, pioneers, leaders and learners. With 16,000+ library members in more than 100 countries, we come together as OCLC to make information more accessible and more useful.

Whether we're supporting advancements on the leading edge of science or helping children build a strong learning foundation, shared knowledge is the common thread. People can find the answers they need to solve important problems in their lives, in their communities and in the world. Together we make breakthroughs possible.

We have greater impact when we work together to champion libraries and increase their visibility. OCLC has a long history of creating, testing and scaling programs that promote libraries and librarianship. WebJunction is OCLC's flagship public library program (managed by OCLC Research), and provides online resources, programming and learning opportunities that build the knowledge, skills and confidence public library staff need to power relevant, vibrant libraries. WebJunction resources are openly available to all professional, paraprofessional and volunteer library staff with access to the internet. WebJunction designs and delivers transformational programs for public libraries that address community needs such as lifelong learning, health and wellness, and economic success. More than 70% of all U.S. public libraries across all 50 states have participated in WebJunction programs and learning since 2003.

Project Summary: Public Libraries Respond to the Opioid Epidemic with Their Community

Contingent upon receiving a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services, in partnership with the Public Library Association (PLA), OCLC and its WebJunction program will lead a 16-month project to identify, synthesize, and share knowledge and resources that will help public libraries and their community partners develop effective strategies and community-driven coalitions that work together to address the opioid epidemic in America. If awarded, the project will start on August 1, 2018 and continue through November 2019.

This project will (1) produce eight case studies that explore a diverse set of communities in which the library is an active partner in response to the opioid epidemic; (2) through virtual discussion sessions, gather additional insights and resources from government agencies, public health and human services organizations, philanthropic and community organizations, and library leaders; (3) synthesize the research and cross-sector perspectives into a call-to-action white paper that offers resources and recommendations for how libraries might respond to the opioid epidemic in their local communities; and (4) broadly share the information with public library directors and their staff so that they more confidently can make better-informed decisions about their libraries' strategies, policies, and activities in relation to the opioid epidemic in their communities. The project also will raise awareness among other sectors that libraries, in their role as community anchors, make powerful partners; this realization will encourage more, and stronger, coalitions and networks that include libraries as key partners. Finally, this project aims to shift traditional systems of practice that result in siloed efforts and limited impact; and activate community collaborations that can equip libraries to deal with future challenges beyond the current epidemic. The collective impact framework, where multiple sectors commit to working in coordination to solve a complex social problem, will be one model of community collaboration that will serve as a point of reference during the project.

The project is designed to lead to these outcomes:

  1.  Public library leaders will know about a range of community-based responses to the opioid crisis, including how libraries are addressing emerging learning, needs, gaps, challenges, partnerships, policies, opportunities, and evolving community needs; and how they are measuring results.
  2. All library staff will have access to a free and open repository of regularly updated, well-curated topical resources.
  3. Public libraries and library support organizations will be more informed of frameworks (including collective impact), and tools (such as asset mapping, personas, and outcome measuring) that can inform strategy, decisions, and activities toward a response to the crisis.
  4. National, state, county, and local organizations and grantmakers that support community-based responses to the opioid crisis in government, public health, medical, legal, and public safety will have increased awareness and understanding of libraries' position, role, and capacities in local communities, and are thus better prepared to form partnerships with libraries in response to opioid crisis.

The primary audience for this project is public library and library system directors and other public library personnel that are planning a response to the opioid epidemic in their communities. This project also will benefit library staff who are not yet planning a response to this crisis but are in an information-gathering stage; leaders in national, state, county, and local organizations who support community-based responses to the crisis in the following sectors: government, public health, medical, legal, public safety, and other community organizations; national library support organizations, state libraries, and state and regional library associations; and leading grantmakers and grantmakers' associations that are committed to supporting community health and invest in initiatives that positively impact the social determinants of health. The longer-term benefit will be for community members who are affected by the opioid crisis.

Details about the research method, key activities and outline of the case study report is available upon request.

Role of the Associate Research Consultant

In close coordination with the OCLC/PLA project team, including Dr. Connaway, the associate research consultant will conduct the quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis necessary to develop eight exploratory case studies and a summary report of the findings. Specific responsibilities include: 

  • Completion of CITI course to be CITI certified for human subject research
  • Development and administration of online questionnaires and individual semi-structured interview protocols, including pre-test
  • Recruitment of study participants (n = 72)
  • Up to eight site visits for in-person interviews and other data collection 
  • Selection and review of community and library artifacts and information such as policy manuals 
  • Data analysis and review with project team and advisors
  • Oral and written summary of results for a non-technical audience of library personnel, community leaders, and cross-sector partners.  

The Consultant will be engaged as a self-employed contractor for 10 months (August 2018 - May 2019) or until the case study research deliverables are completed, and will work for an average of 30 hours per week.

Qualifications: 

  • Ph.D. or doctoral student in Library & Information Science, Social Science, Cognitive Psychology, or related discipline 
  • Three years of research experience, including doctoral research 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods and the ability to analyze and synthesize quantitative and qualitative data and information  
  • Superior oral and written communication skills; demonstrated ability to write and present research for a non-technical, non-academic audience and readership
  • Demonstrated ability to participate and communicate in virtual and face-to-face team environments
  • Superior interpersonal skills when interacting with colleagues, clients, advisors, and a diversity of research participants.
  • Ability to travel to up to eight locations across the U.S. during fall 2018, including travel by air and car.
  • Self-motivated and able to work both independently while also collaboratively as part of a team
  • Project management skills and ability to prioritize work effectively
  • Experience with Microsoft Office, database, and quantitative and qualitative data analysis programs, i.e., NVivo, SPSS. 

Desirable but not required: 

  • Publications in professional journals, industry magazines and/or conference proceedings 
  • Computer analysis and systems design experience 
  • Located in the Seattle, WA, or Dublin (Columbus), OH, area.

 

Submitting Qualifications

If you are interested in supporting this work as our Associate Research Consultant, please prepare:

  • a current résumé and/or CV (should include links to publications and/or writing samples);
  • Cover letter that details your qualifications and experience for the role as described above;
  • Statement of capacity to serve in the role for 10 months, starting in August 2018, working an average of 30 hours per week over that time period;
  • Statement of ability to work in our Seattle or Dublin, Ohio, office locations;
  • Statement of ability to travel to up to eight U.S. locations.

 

Please send all materials in a single email to Kendra Morgan by 5:00 PM (Pacific) on Friday, July 20, 2018, at morgank@oclcl.org. Questions or requests for additional information about the research study are welcome prior to submission.

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Call for Papers: IEEE Big Data 2018 Conference

IEEE Big Data 2018 Conference to include Computational Archival Science Workshop--call for papers issued

The organizers of the Computational Archival Science (CAS) Workshop at IEEE Big Data 2018 have issued a formal call for papers. This is the 3rd workshop at IEEE Big Data addressing CAS, following on from workshops in 2016 and 2017. All papers accepted for workshop will be included in the Workshop Proceedings published by the IEEE Computer Society Press, made available at the conference, which takes place Dec. 10 - 13, 2018 in Seattle, USA.

Program chairs of the Computational Archival Science (CAS) Workshop include: Prof. Victoria Lemieux of the University of British Columbia iSchool; Prof. Richard Marciano of the Digital Curation Innovation Center (DCIC) at the University of Maryland iSchool; and Dr. Mark Hedges of King's College London.

 

"This workshop will explore the conjunction (and its consequences) of emerging methods and technologies around big data with archival practice and new forms of analysis and historical, social, scientific, and cultural research engagement with archives," says the workshop CFP. "We aim to identify and evaluate current trends, requirements, and potential in these areas, to examine the new questions that they can provoke, and to help determine possible research agendas for the evolution of computational archival science in the coming years. At the same time, we will address the questions and concerns scholarship is raising about the interpretation of 'big data' and the uses to which it is put, in particular appraising the challenges of producing quality - meaning, knowledge and value - from quantity, tracing data and analytic provenance across complex 'big data' platforms and knowledge production ecosystems, and addressing data privacy issues."

Important dates:

  • Oct 8, 2018: Due date for full workshop papers submission

  • Oct 29, 2018: Notification of paper acceptance to authors

  • Nov 15, 2018: Camera-ready of accepted papers

  • Dec 10 - 13, 2018: Workshop [exact date TBD]

 

Click here to learn more, including recommended research topics and submission instructions.

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Call for Papers: SRJ

The School of Information Student Research Journal (SRJ) is a double-blind peer reviewed publication of the School of Information at San José State University. SRJ promotes graduate scholarship and intellectual inquiry in the fields of library and information science, archives, and records management. 

The iSchool's SRJ offers open-access, peer-reviewed scholarship on librarianship, archives, and information science and has surpassed 100,000 downloads since beginning publication in 2010, and has been accessed from more than 180 countries.  Read more about this journal here.

CALL FOR PAPERS - Submission deadline: December 1, 2018
The SRJ welcomes articles, reviews, and evidence summaries on a variety of topics related to library and information science.

Submission to the Journal
School of Information Student Research Journal accepts manuscripts and reviews from any current graduate student provided they are enrolled at the time of submission (authors will be asked during submission to declare their institutional affiliation). Manuscripts are accepted on a rolling basis and may be published according to the editorial schedule or at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief.

For details on the types of manuscripts SRJ will consider, please review the Journal's Aims & Scope on our website.  Authors may submit a manuscript electronically into our review system providing the following details for each submission:

  • Keywords : 5-8 keywords that best describe your submission.
  • Abstract : 150-250 words, content and style as per APA. (No abstract is required for book reviews).
  • Cover Letter (Optional): A separate cover letter to the Editor-in-Chief briefly stating the purpose of your submission and its expected contribution.

Manuscripts should conform to the Journal's style guide regarding formatting and citation.

Editorial Decisions & Review Process
Author manuscripts are received by the Editor-in-Chief who conducts a preliminary review of the work for adherence to general submission guidelines and relevance. As warranted, the submission may be discussed anonymously with a member of the Editorial Advisory Board with appropriate expertise for evaluating the manuscript. Once approved, the manuscript is sent to the Managing Editor who coordinates the peer review process. The Editor-in-Chief will advise authors of all manuscripts decisions.

Manuscripts accepted for review will be submitted to at least two peer reviewers in a double-blind review system (this means that the reviewers and authors do not know one another's identity). The SRJ editorial team function as reviewers for the Journal. Editors review the manuscript and return an evaluation with a recommendation of either:

  • Accept
  • Minor revisions
  • Major revisions
  • Reject

For decisions of either minor or major revisions, authors are encouraged to revise their work according to the recommendations of the reviewers in order to stay competitive for publication. A decision of "accept" is typically reserved for manuscripts which have already undergone one or more rounds of review and revision.

Submit articles at: scholarworks.sjsu.edu/cgi/submit.cgi

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