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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 
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: and 

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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:
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.

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:

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

For more information about SIG-USE, please see:

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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 ( 

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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.



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


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).
Please direct questions to the guest editors for the issue:
John Burgess, University of Alabama:
Robert D. Montoya, Indiana University, Bloomington:
Eira Tansey, University of Cincinnati:
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 ( 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 ( 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 ( or 

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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.


  • 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 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:

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Call for Applications: VRAF

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:

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 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 (

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Call for Papers: MTSR 2018


Part of the 12th International Conference on Metadata and Semantics Research (MTSR 2018), October 23 - 26 2018, Limassol, Cyprus.

NEW Submission deadline: JULY 1st, 2018

Proceedings will be published in Springer CCIS series

Cultural Heritage collections are essential knowledge infrastructures that provide a solid  representation of the historical background of human communities. These knowledge infrastructures  are constructed from and integrate cultural information derived from diverse memory institutions,  mainly libraries, archives and museums. Each individual community has spent a lot of effort in order to develop, support and promote its own  systems, tools and metadata for the management of  cultural information, mainly related to its particular resources and use.

In this framework, the management of the cultural information has to deal with challenges related  to (i) metadata modeling, specification, standardization, extraction, (semantic) enrichment, mapping, integration, effective use, and evaluation, (ii) knowledge representation as conceptualization to provide the context for unambiguously interpreting metadata, and (iii) information integration from different contexts for the provision of integrated access, reuse and advanced services to users.

At the same time, there are also inter-domain efforts targeted to semantically align data (research data, educational data, public sector information etc.) to cultural information. New challenges are also emerged from the need to incorporate cultural information into the new publication paradigms, where a variety of resources (data, metadata, processes, results, etc) are linked and integrated, providing better shareability and reusability. Currently, Linked (Open) Data, as part of the Semantic Web Technology, is having a major role in modernizing cultural heritage collections. Providing to users  the possibility to re-use and integrate data into their own systems is currently more than a need, given that transparency and access to information is a prerequisite. A critical factor to the effectiveness of many aspects of all the above efforts is the quality of metadata, as interpreted by its context and  use and evaluated by the proper measures and methods. Many institutions and aggregate infrastructures  are dealing with the poor quality of metadata that inevitably results in poor integration, search and reuse, while their enrichment, in terms of  contextualization, co-referencing, alignment, etc, is really 

The aim of this Special Track is to maintain a dialogue where researchers and practitioners working on all the aspects of the cultural information will come together and exchange ideas about open issues  at all stages of the cultural heritage information life cycle. The track also welcomes works related  to semantics and applications for new approaches to cultural information publication and sharing, as well  as to interlinking to other datasets published in the Semantic Web universe.

The papers in this special track should be original and of high quality, addressing issues in areas such as:

  • Cultural Heritage metadata models, standards, ontologies, knowledge organization and representation systems
  • Cultural Heritage information integration, interoperability and mappings
  • Automated extraction of metadata, entities, and patterns from Cultural Heritage resources
  • Metadata manual or automated (Semantic) enrichment and search
  • Metadata quality metrics, tools and services
  • Linked Open Data approaches in the Cultural Heritage domain
  • Publication, linking and citation of Cultural Heritage information and resources
  • Large volume content management
  • 3D models-indexing, storage and retrieval approaches
  • Infrastructures for sharing content
  • Digital Curation workflows and models
  • Provenance and preservation metadata for Cultural Heritage digital resources


  • Authors can submit either full papers (12 pages) or short papers (6 pages).
  • Submitted papers have to follow the LNCS proceedings formatting style and guidelines.
  • The submitted papers will undergo the same peer review as the submissions for MTSR 2018 and accepted  contributions will be published in the MTSR 2018 proceedings (Springer CCIS series).
  • Authors of  accepted papers will be asked to register to the Conference and present their work.
  • Authors of the best papers will be invited to submit extended and revised versions of their papers  for possible publication in selected international journals, including the International Journal of  Metadata, Semantics and Ontologies (Inderscience), and Program (Emerald).

More information on submission can be found at the MTSR 2018 call for papers web page.

JULY 1st, 2018: Submission deadline
July 27th, 2018: Notification of Acceptance/rejection 
August 24th, 2018: Camera-ready papers due
October 23rd - October 26th, 2018: Conference at Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol, Cyprus

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Call for Papers: Information and Learning Science

Here comes a new journal entitled Information and Learning Science.
The journal's interdisciplinary approach is being advanced due to strong recognition of the conceptual, empirical and socio-technical intersections present across these domains, signaled by a number of special volumes and conference workshops and events in the last 5+ years in both fields.
Submission guidelines can be found here.

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Call for Proposals: NEMLA Joint Conference


The New England (NEMLA) and New York State/Ontario Chapters (NYSO) of the Music Library Association, together with the Québec Chapter of the Canadian Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (SQACBM), are now accepting panel, poster, and presentation proposals for our fall meeting at McGill University, Montreal, Quebec on November 8 and 9, 2018. We are pleased to announce that the MLA Board of Directors will also be joining us for this international conference. Please be advised that attendees from the U.S. will need a passport to attend.


We welcome submissions explaining and raising awareness of your recent projects, research, innovations, discoveries, etc., relating to music and to the profession of music librarianship -- anything that you think would benefit Chapter members and their constituencies.


Presentations should be 35 minutes in length (including questions period). Please indicate if additional time is requested, subject to approval. Proposals must include:

  • Name(s) and affiliation(s) of presenters/panelists
  • Presentation language (English or French)
  • Contact information (e-mail and telephone number)
  • Title of presentation/panel
  • An abstract of 100-200 words
  • Any additional equipment required beyond a computer, Internet access, projector, and speakers


Please send proposals via e-mail to any member of the program committee, using the subject line: "Joint Conference Fall 2018 Proposal."


The proposal deadline is Wednesday, August 1, 2018. Accepted presenters will be notified of their status by August 15, 2018.

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Call for Proposals: Amigos Services Online Library Conference

Are you looking to beef up your resume by participating in conferences? Check out this opportunity from Amigos Library Services -- you can be a speaker at this online conference and speak from the comfort of your desk!

What do you think of when you hear the word "advocacy"? Do you immediately think of stumping on Capitol Hill and meeting with local government officials? "Advocacy" is much more than politics. Every day, librarians and staff find themselves in situations where they must advocate for resources, money, and services for their libraries, in addition to advocating for themselves and their career as professionals.
Join us on September 12 for an Amigos Library Services online conference, Speak Up - Advocating for You and Your Library, where we will explore advocacy beyond politics.
Amigos Library Services is now accepting presentation proposals for this conference! Suggested topic areas include but are not limited to:
  • Creating the right message about your library
  • Identifying and crafting your communication strategy
  • Building public awareness
  • Responding to a budget crisis
  • Self-advocacy-asking for and seeking what you need
  • Developing relationships with your administrators and leadership
  • Building your network of supporters and advocates in the community
  • Dealing effectively with the media
  • Working in collaboration with other organizations or departments
If you can speak to one of these topics, or have another idea in mind, please submit your proposal below by June 29, 2018. Don't worry if you've never presented online. It's easy, and we are happy to train you and will provide technical support during your presentation.
To submit your proposal, click here --

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Call for Papers: The 14th Annual Social Informatics Research Symposium

The emergence and fast-paced development of technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), big data analytics, virtual and augmented reality, and embedded and ubiquitous computing present myriad forms of opportunities and challenges. For example, the increasing role of AI in autonomous systems (e.g., self-driving cars or production robots) and the role of social media in disseminating misinformation have created anxieties in our society ranging from discussions about safety, job security, and the future of democracy. Understanding the impacts of emerging technologies requires a multidisciplinary, sociotechnical approach; accordingly, this line of investigation must inevitably engage with major questions regarding sustainability, privacy, human agency, equity, and the ethics and governance of information technologies.

The Social Informatics, Information Ethics and Policy, and Social Media SIGs seek contributors for a full-day pre-conference workshop, the 14th Annual Social Informatics Research Symposium, scheduled for Saturday, 10 November, 2018 from 09:00 am - 05:00 pm during the ASIS&T annual meeting.

We seek proposals for one panel and three papers, in the form of extended abstracts, that examine theories or propose practical solutions to problems of ethics and sustainability in our technologically-dependent lives. We are especially interested in proposals that critique technologies in relation to developing countries, or global perspectives on information policy.

More Information & Submission Details here:

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Call for Papers: Information Processing & Management (IPM), Elsevier

Call for Papers

Information Processing & Management (IPM), Elsevier

  • SSCI journal

  • 2016 Impact Factor: 2.391 (JCR top quartile Q1 journal)

Guest editors:

  • Jia Tina Du, School of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences, University of South Australia, Australia. E-mail:   

  • Iris Xie, School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, US. E-mail:

  • Jenny Waycott, School of Computing and Information Systems, University of Melbourne, Australia. Email 

 Special Issue on "Marginalised Communities, Emerging Technologies, and Social Innovation in the Digital Age"

The Special Issue aims to investigate issues in relation to empowering marginalised and vulnerable communities in the digital age and the creative design and use of emerging technologies to promote social innovation. Researchers from the disciplines of library and information sciences, human-computer interaction, and community informatics are encouraged to submit their related works.


The intersection between digital information worlds and vulnerable communities is a critical research area within information sciences and human-computer interaction. There have been concerns about issues regarding accessibility, bias, social exclusion, cyber-racism, cyberbullying, digital divide, misinformation, usability, and other information sharing hazards in the information and technology experiences of vulnerable groups and populations.


According to Aday (1994), to be vulnerable is to be in a position of being hurt, marginalised, or ignored, as well as helped, by others. Vulnerable people typically include women and children, ethnic people of colour, immigrants, LBGTQI populations, the homeless, and the elderly (Flaskerud & Winslow, 1998). But it should be noted that not everyone in a particular category is vulnerable. A simplistic label of vulnerability risks ignoring people's resilience and capacities (Gatehouse et al., 2018; Vines et al., 2014; Vyas & Dillahunt, 2017).


Much remains unknown about vulnerability in the context of emerging technologies and social innovation. For example, how do we define or conceptualise vulnerability? What are the main digital disadvantages for vulnerable communities? What are the unique needs and information behaviours of these communities? To what extent do technologies empower the vulnerable communities and what are the associated challenges? What applied methodologies should researchers adopt and adapt in order to have an impact in the area of racial and social justice? How should we evaluate the role of emerging technologies such as virtual reality, social robots, artificial intelligence, and big data analytics in promoting social and emotional wellbeing and are their uses culturally appropriate? To name a few.


The Special Issue is intended to present a unique collection of outstanding studies addressing the relationships among marginalised and vulnerable communities, emerging technologies, and social innovation in the digital age. We look for theoretical and methodological advances and contributions to this important area of study.


Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Definition and conceptualisation of vulnerability

  • Vulnerable and marginalised communities' experience of information technologies

  • Big data and vulnerable and marginalised communities

  • Digital libraries and vulnerable and marginalised users

  • Everyday life information behaviour and technology use of older adults

  • Information experience of migrants and refugees

  • Information service model for minorities

  • Information practices of indigenous people in the technology-penetrated society

  • Homeless population in the digital age

  • Technology design and use by people with disabilities

  • Approaches or methods to study vulnerable and marginalised groups

  • Ethical issues and challenges of studying information and technology use with vulnerable and marginalised groups

  • Strategies for good practice in the design and deployment of emerging technologies for vulnerable and marginalised groups

  • Evaluations of technologies for the public good

  • Accessibility and usability guidelines to support people with disabilities  

Submission Guidelines:

Authors are invited to submit original and unpublished papers. All submissions will be peer-reviewed and judged on accuracy, originality, significance, quality, and relevance to the special issue topics of interest. Submitted papers should not have appeared in or be under consideration for another journal.


Full papers should be submitted before November 30, 2018.


Paper submission via (online submission open in early November)

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Call for Participation: Reference and User Services Association, American Library Association

Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association,  is a member community engaged in advancing the practices of connecting people to resources, information services, and collections.


RUSA seeks to provide meaningful and relevant professional education, service, and networking opportunities to new librarians. As a student, your insight is valuable to help us better meet the needs of those entering the profession.


Please complete our survey so that we can create new and improved opportunities for you to fully engage with RUSA as a professional:

We look forward to your response by June 17, 2018.


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Call for Papers: Toward a Decolonial Archival Praxis

Archival Science 
Call for Papers 
Special Issue on Towards a Decolonial Archival Praxis 
Guest Editors:
J.J. Ghaddar, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, Canada
Michelle Caswell, University of California, Los Angeles, US

This special issue aims to bring together scholarship that explores the myriad ways in which archives and the archival profession have been indelibly shaped by western imperial and colonial ventures. These intertwined pursuits that began over five centuries ago continue to animate and structure every aspect of life on a global scale, as does the racism, heteropatriarchy, ableism and classism crucial to their operation. As part of the broader archival turn, a rich and multidisciplinary scholarship has explored these facets of archives, underscoring how archives, as touchstones of memory and sources for the writing of history; as places of knowledge classification, organization and standardization; and as institutions from which these emanate to the rest of the world; are technologies of empire, coloniality and state. Reading the colonial archive(s) and the records of imperial powers against and along the grain has revealed the archival encounter as a fraught and ambivalent site for the co-constitution of the west and its myriad colonized, racialized others both within and outside European and neo-European borders. Scholars in archival studies have, in turn, explored how the legacies of colonialism and contemporary structures of empire complicate claims over the ownership and custodianship of archives; raise questions about the necessity for archival rematriation and reclamation; call for more expansive notions of provenance or a dispensation with provenance entirely; and encourage participatory and community-oriented archival practices. We seek submissions that build on and elaborate this scholarship by considering the multifaceted and complex connections between our archival records, collections, institutions, and traditions, on the one hand, and the need for a historically-informed decolonial archival praxis and a reconceptualized archival imagination, on the other hand.

With this issue, we seek to generate research that helps us imagine both a different way of archiving and a different world to be archived by reflecting on what colonial legacies, ideas and practices are being dismantled and those that require transformation. Through such reimaginings, we can push our scholarly and professional practices and thinking toward a more generous understanding and deeper commitment to a decolonial praxis in our field. We issue this call for proposals with the theme Toward a Decolonial Archival Praxis to signal the continued urgency of challenging imperial, colonial and racial oppression within our educational, academic and professional institutions and spaces; and to reflect on the structure and content of the records and collections we archive, the principles we espouse, and our intellectual and professional identities. We welcome research that considers any aspect of western colonialism, neocolonialism, postcolonialism and imperialism in relation to specific archival theories, practices, collections or institutions. We encourage cross-disciplinary or interdisciplinary work and inquiries that emerge from or draw on theories and fields within the humanities and social sciences that are little known or used in archival studies. We particularly welcome submissions from Indigenous authors, members of racialized communities, and from authors originating from or working outside North America.

Key Dates
Submission deadline: 1st September 2018
Review time: September 2018 to March 2018

Submission instructions
Papers submitted to this special issue for possible publication must be original and must not be under consideration for publication in any other journal or conference. Previously published or accepted conference/workshop papers must contain at least 30% new material to be considered for the special issue (for workshops 50% new content is required). Submission of a manuscript implies that the work described has been approved by all co-authors, if any, as well as by the responsible authorities - tacitly or explicitly - at the institute where the work has been carried out. Submissions should be made online via the Editorial Manager System at During submission please select article type "SI: Decolonial Archives".

All manuscripts must be prepared according to the journal publication guidelines which can also be found on the website Papers will be reviewed following the journal standard peer review process (single-blind).

Articles of various lengths will be accepted, but generally no more than 7,000-8,000 words.

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Call for Proposals: Midwest Data Librarian Symposium

Midwest Data Librarian Symposium (MDLS) invites session proposals for its 4th symposium taking place at Iowa State University (Ames, IA) on October 8-9.  


MDLS is a low-cost, 2-day, hands-on, unconference style event for Midwesterners who support research data management and research data services (RDS) at their institutions. The greater data community, not limited to data librarians, is invited to present interactive sessions at this year's event. Presenters from all disciplines and regions are encouraged to apply.


Full details and a link to the application form can be found on the MDLS website.


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Call for Papers: Special Issue on Libraries and Archives in the Anthropocene

This is a reminder that the submission deadline is approaching for the Journal of Critical Library and Information Science's special issue on Libraries and Archives in the Anthropocene. The guest editors are interested in a wide variety of submissions on questions of librarians and archivists' responses to climate change and related concerns. 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). 
Please see the URL or attached document for more details, and feel free to contact me or the other special issue co-editors if you have any questions.

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Call for Papers: ICADL2018

ICADL2018 Call for Papers
The 20th International Conference on Asia-Pacific Digital Libraries 

19-22 November 2018
University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand

Since its beginnings in Hong Kong in 1998, ICADL has become one of the premiere international conferences for digital library research. ICADL 2018 at the University of Waikato in New Zealand offers a valuable opportunity for researchers, educators, and practitioners to share their experiences and innovative developments.

The main theme of ICADL 2018 is "Maturity and Innovation in Digital Libraries". We invite high-quality, original research papers as well as practitioner papers identifying research problems and future directions. Submissions that resonate with the conference's theme are especially welcome.  Nonetheless, all topics in digital libraries will be given equal consideration. Following the ICADL tradition, the 2018 proceedings will be published as Springer conference proceedings as part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series (LNCS), included in the and indexed by SCOPUS. Electronic copies will be available on Springer website.


The conference will be held at Waikato University in Hamilton, New Zealand, a city of 140,000 people centered on the Waikato River in the heart of New Zealand's rolling pastures. Think a small but bustling downtown with river views, a stunning city park complete with themed gardens (including a Japanese and Chinese garden thoughtfully sponsored by our sister cities and local cultural societies), a beautiful river walk, and an attractively landscaped university with excellent conference facilities.  Nau mai haere mai! Welcome!

The conference will will be co-located with the annual meeting of the Asia-Pacific iSchools Consortium and with the NZ Conference on Computer-Human Interaction  (CHINZ).  It is our hope that hosting these conferences together will bring a diverse group of academic and professional community members from all parts of the world to exchange their knowledge, experience and practices in digital libraries, and other related fields.


  • June 1, 2018 - Workshop Proposal Deadline
  • June 22, 2018 - Paper/Poster Submission Deadline
  • August 31, 2018 - Notification of Paper/Poster Acceptance
  • September 3, 2018 - Tutorial Proposal Deadline
  • September 14, 2018 - Camera Ready Copy Deadline
  • November 19-22, 2018 - ICADL Conference Date


We welcome research and practitioner papers in all aspects of digital libraries. The following is a (non-exhaustive) list of topics:

Information Technologies for Knowledge, Information and Data

  • Information retrieval
  • Semantic Web and linked data
  • Data mining and extraction of structure from networked information
  • Multilingual information access
  • Multimedia information management, retrieval and recommendation
  • Metadata aggregation models
  • Interchangeability and information integration
  • Ontologies and knowledge organization systems, networked information
  • Applications of digital libraries
  • Quality assurance of digital libraries
  • Sociability and high availability of digital libraries
  • Digital preservation
  • Digital curation
  • Research data and virtual organizations
  • User interface and user experience
  • Visualization in digital libraries
  • Social networking, web 2.0 and collaborative interface in digital libraries
  • Personal information management and personal digital libraries
  • Ubiquitous computing and knowledge management
  • Societal and Cultural Issues in Knowledge, Information and Data


Cultural Memory and Digital Heritage

  • Community Informatics
  • Cross-sectoral digital libraries
  • Collaborations among archives, libraries, museums
  • Digital cultural memory initiatives
  • Digital humanities
  • Digital library/ digital archive infrastructures
  • Digital library education and digital literacy
  • Digital preservation and digital curation
  • Economic and legal frameworks and issues
  • Ethics and ethical practice, privacy in digital collection building, management and access
  • Higher education uses of digital collections
  • Research data infrastructures, management and use
  • Information policies
  • Participatory cultural heritage
  • Risks management in digital library/ archive projects
  • Creating, managing and using collections of social media and dynamically generated contents
  • Social sustainability and digital libraries/ archives
  • Socio-technical perspectives of digital information


Digital Library Maintenance and Quality Assurance

  • collection development and discovery
  • data mining and extraction
  • risk management and quality assurance
  • digital curation
  • digital preservation
  • applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • performance evaluation
  • metadata creation and aggregation
  • semantic web and linked data
  • non-textual collection management
  • recommendation system
  • research data management
  • digital humanities and digital cultural heritage
  • service design for digital libraries
  • user experience design
  • user interface design
  • human-computer interaction
  • information retrieval
  • applications of digital libraries in contexts such as learning, virtual organizations, collaborative task
  • personal information management and personal digital libraries
  • user generated content
  • digital library management and administration
  • digital library education
  • digital cultures and digital literacy
  • intellectual freedom, censorship, misinformation
  • privacy
  • intellectual property issues
  • policy, legal, and ethical concerns for digital libraries
  • socio-technical aspects of digital libraries
  • sustainability of digital libraries.
  • Usability and accessibility aspects of digital libraries



All paper submission should follow Springer Computer Science Proceedings guidelines ( and are to be submitted via the conference's EasyChair submission page (

Full Papers: A Full Research Paper reports significant milestone and provides original results relevant to the scope of ICADL 2018.  The maximum length of a full paper is 12 pages.

Short Practitioner Papers: A Practitioner Paper is a concise report of findings or other types of work by practitioners relevant to the scope of ICADL 2018. We welcome papers identifying research problems and future directions in the digital library research. The maximum length of a short paper is 6 pages.

Short Work-in-Progress Papers: A Work-in-Progress paper is a concise report of preliminary findings or other types of innovative or thought-provoking work that does not necessarily reach a level of completion but relevant to the scope of ICADL 2018. The maximum length of a short paper is 6 pages.

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Call for Participation: BOBCATSSS 2019

Call for participation

Conference theme

Osijek, Croatia, 22-24 January 2019

Web site:

BOBCATSSS is an international annual symposium which addresses hot topics for librarians and other information professionals in the fast changing environment. It is created by and for students, teachers, researchers and professionals in the information field. BOBCATSSS is held under the auspices of EUCLID (European Association for Library and Information Education and Research). It is a tradition which has been passed on from one European country to another since 1993, providing rich professional program, accompanied by numerous opportunities for networking, personal exchanges, discussions, and learning.

Organization and venue
BOBCATSSS 2019 takes place in Osijek, Croatia, and is organized by Department of Information Sciences, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Osijek University, Croatia; Linnaeus University, Sweden; Uppsala University, Sweden and The Hague University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands.

The theme of the BOBCATSSS 2019 conference is "Information and technology transforming lives: Connection, interaction, innovation", with three subthemes: Social roles of information institutions, Information professiona(als) and discipline, and Innovative technologies.

Submissions covering the following, and related, topics with regard to libraries and other information institutions are invited:

SOCIAL ROLES OF INFORMATION INSTITUTIONS: intellectual freedom, social justice, democracy & civic engagement, information society; information policy; information ethics; critical librarianship; community building and outreach, digital divide; information behaviour; health informatics; information and other types of literacies (transversal competencies, media literacy, data literacy, civic literacy, transliteracy, metaliteracy, e-literacy, digital literacy, computer literacy, scientific literacy, visual literacy), international information issues; reading, culture and local history; preservation and utilization of cultural heritage; creative industries; leisure and quality of life.

INFORMATION PROFESION(ALS) AND DISCIPLINE: education and personal development; collaboration; information and knowledge management, bibliometrics and altmetrics; big data; data mining, data curation, digital humanities; information visualization, information architecture, usability studies, Open Access, DRM, intellectual property, information science (IS) profession (social status, public perception, values etc.), future of the profession,; IS discipline; diversity and interdisciplinarity; boundaries; history and foundations of IS; education for IS; IS programs and competencies, IS students (profiles, career expectations); IS alumni employability.

INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES: UI/UX, 3D technologies, wearable technology, blockchain technology, virtual and augmented reality, embedded and ubiquitous computing, human computer interaction, big data, digital publishing, e-books, social media; gaming, smart technologies, information technology for smart cities, artificial intelligence, Internet of things, digital libraries, online learning, MOOCs, information security, information ethics, information integrity, information manipulation, information privacy.

Papers that address theoretical examination of the theme, present current research and examine advances in application and practice are invited. We welcome and encourage submission of high-quality, original contributions which have not been previously presented or published elsewhere, in the form of  a paper, workshop, poster, PechaKucha presentation or a doctoral colloquium. All proposals will be refereed in a double-blind process and must follow formal guidelines available at BOBCATSSS 2019 website ( Proposals will not go forward for review if these guidelines are not observed. The conference language is English and all work should be in English. If English is not your first language, we strongly recommend that your manuscript be edited by a native English speaker.

Submission of proposals should be made using the EasyChair submission
system ( All accepted contributions will be published in the online symposium proceedings. Please note that at least one of the authors must register for the conference in order for a paper to be accepted and published in the proceedings.

Submission of abstracts: 15th September 2018
Notification of acceptance: 15th of October 2018
Submission of full-text manuscripts: 1st of December 2018
Notification of acceptance for full-text manuscripts: 30th December 2018

Osijek is the 4th largest city in Croatia, with total population of ca 100,000 inhabitants. It is a city located inland in the eastern part of the country on the right bank of the river Drava. Osijek, as a city finds it's foundations in the ancient times when Romans established colonies in these places. Various cultures have left their mark in this city, since Osijek is also strategically well-positioned, and you do not have a long drive to neighbouring countries like Hungary and Serbia. In its close vicinity there is a must-see Nature Park Kopa?ki rit, also called the European Amazon which was declared a part of the Mura-Drava-Danube Biosphere Reserve under UNESCO. The city is affiliated with many notable persons such as two Nobel Prize winners (Lavoslav Ru?i ka and Vladimir Prelog), Branko Lustig, a Hollywood producer and winner of two Oscars (for Schindler's List and Gladiator) and Julije Knifer, abstract painter

The city is increasingly attracting young populations thanks to its university and a growing software development scene. Osijek is also known as a gastronomical capital of Croatia, offering diverse specialties such as fresh fish, game, organic veggies, homemade pastry etc. The city has a growing craft beer scene, and its surrounding is traditionally well known as a wine making region. The city is considered as a local capital of bicycling and every June it hosts Pannonian Challenge, an extreme sport and music festival.

More interesting and useful information about Osijek you can find at:

Invitation to institutions - Sponsorship
Libraries, information agencies, professional organizations, publishers, and service providers are invited to consider participation at BOBCATSSS 2019 by offering a demonstration, workshop or exhibit about their products and services, or by presenting a paper or poster about their activities and services, as related to the conference themes. Sponsorship of an event is also invited.

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Call for Contributions: IJIDI

We are pleased to announce a call for contributions to an upcoming special issue of the International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion (IJIDI) ( on the topic of "Health Justice."
Extended abstracts of up to 1,000 words for full research papers (or up to 500 words for student work, works in progress, opinion pieces and professional reports) are due by June 25, 2018.
Acceptance notices will be issued in mid-July and final papers will be due by December 1, 2018. Publication is slated for the July 2019 issue. 
Please see attached file and/or the IJIDI CFP website ( for the full details. Please send abstracts for consideration to the Guest Editors by Monday, June 25th: 
Beth St. Jean (

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Call for Papers: HICSS 52

Please consider submitting a paper to the Critical and Ethical Studies of Digital and Social Media Minitrack at HICSS 52, which will take place January 8-11, 2019 in Maui. Paper submissions are due on June 15


This minitrack focuses on two themes: a) studies that critically interrogate how and when digital and social media (DSM) support existing power structures or realign power structures affecting underrepresented or marginalized groups, and b) studies that raise awareness of or illustrate the ethical issues associated with doing research on digital and social media. Papers may range in approach/methods and may explore the following topics and more:

  • Effects of DSM use in marginalized youth and other specified communities
  • Perpetuation of gender, race, ethno-nationalist and faith-based hostility and bullying in online environments
  • Presence of distinct values and worldviews in the design of DSM related hardware and software technologies
  • Challenges surrounding the relationship between data collection, use, and dissemination and DSM participation
  • Issues at the intersection of globalization and DSM development and use
  • Non-traditional, participatory, and/or experimental research methods developed for social media scholarship 


The minitrack seeks both conceptual and empirical approaches to the theme. Conceptual papers would contribute theoretical examinations of key sociotechnical issues surrounding social and digital media use and research. Empirical papers would draw on original studies of digital and social media that illustrate the critical or ethical dimensions of digital infrastructures, data creation and collection, social and digital media design, or metadata use and reuse.


Please see the official minitrack CFP for more information, and feel free to contact me or my co-chair Jennifer Pierre (  with any questions or ideas. Additionally, please help circulate this call to your colleagues and other networks. We look forward to receiving your submissions! 

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Call for Papers: Information Discovery & Delivery

Information Discovery and Delivery aims to cover information discovery and access for digital information researchers. This includes educators, knowledge professionals in education and cultural organizations, knowledge managers in media, health care and government, as well as librarians. The journal publishes research and practice which explores the digital information supply chain ie transport, flows, tracking, exchange and sharing, including within and between libraries. It is also interested in digital information capture, packaging and storage by "collectors" of all kinds.

Information is widely defined, including but not limited to:

  • Records
  • Documents
  • Learning objects
  • Visual and sound files
  • Data and metadata and
  • User-generated content (social media data analytics, big data, data mining, etc).

The journal is also looking for quality papers on the following specific themes:

  • Open Educational Resource Discovery and Delivery
  • Higher Education Information Discovery, Analytics, and Dissemination
  • Applications in Learning Analytics and Educational Data Mining
  • Information aggregation and fusion
  • Perspectives on medical information
  • Image discovery and delivery
  • Managing Big Online/Social Media Data
  • Query log analysis
  • Disciplinary information discovery and delivery services (i.e., medical, legal, business, educational)
  • Emerging applications and systems for information discovery and delivery

Further enquiries can be directed to Dr. Wu He ( at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, USA.

The journal website is at

To submit your paper, please go to the journal website at

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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'sFramework 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 as well as 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 (

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Call for Papers: Journal of Archival Organizations

The Journal of Archival Organization is an international journal encompassing all aspects of the arrangement, description, and provision of access to all forms of archival materials. Articles on processing techniques and procedures, preparation of finding aids, and cataloging of archival and manuscript collections in accordance with MARC, AACR2, and other rules, standards, and cataloging conventions, management and staffing issues related to archival organizations are only part of what is featured in this publication on a regular basis.


Possible topics for this special issue on Archival Education may include, but are not limited to:

  • Teaching methodology, curricula, and varied approaches to instruction of  archival science principles.
  • Perspective from administrators, faculty, students, and their respective roles in regard to their unique roles in the education process.  
  • Education on various academic levels including pre-college, undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate.
  • New and innovative methods of teaching and learning in the 21st century.
  • Internships and hands-on learning initiatives outside of the classroom.
  • Present and future observations on the state of archival education and the profession overall.

For more information about this special issue please contact Alan Delozier, Seton Hall University at

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Call for Chapters: Social Media for Communication and Instruction in Academic Libraries

The editors of Social Media for Communication and Instruction in Academic Libraries, Jennifer Joe and Elisabeth Knight, would like to invite you to submit a chapter proposal. This is the SECOND Call for Proposals.


The subject of the use of social media has been renewed by the impact that social media had on the last U.S. presidential election, and the impact that social media networks will have on subsequent elections. This has called attention to the relevance and urgency of incorporating social media use into the academic library, both as a marketing tool and as an instruction tool - and even as an instruction topic. As guides in the information world, it is important that librarians be well-versed in social media. This publication seeks to be an up-to-date, "post-truth" look at the importance of social media in all facets of library marketing and instruction at the academic (post-secondary) level.


The objective of this book is to provide a concise reference for librarians in the field to consult for advice and guidance in using social media in academic libraries and in instruction, with special emphasis on assessment and evidence-based practiced. This volume will give librarians the foundation necessary to argue for or against social media use in their library, as is appropriate for their situation.

Target Audience

The target audience of this book will be composed of professionals and researchers working in the field of information and knowledge management in various disciplines, e.g. library, information and communication sciences, administrative sciences and management, education, adult education, and information technology. Moreover, the book will provide insights and support professionals in the field who wish to incorporate or improve upon social media use at their respective institutions.

Recommended Topics

  • What is/are Social Media?
  • Similarities/Differences in Social Media Use among different libraries
  • Social Media and Academic Library Marketing
  • Social Media as an Information Literacy Tool
  • Social Media as an Information Literacy Topic
  • Social Media Assessment for Marketing
  • Social Media Assessment for Library Instruction
  • Problems with Social Media Use (FERPA, etc.)
  • Examples of Social Media Use in Academic Libraries

Chapter proposals are due May 30, 2018.

For more information, including submission guidelines and important dates, please visit this link, or feel free to submit a proposal directly here. Any questions can be directed to Jennifer Joe ( or Elisabeth Knight ( 

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Call for Papers: Research on Diversity in Youth Literature

Please help us publicize a new peer-reviewed, open-access scholarly journal, Research on Diversity in Youth LiteratureOur first issue, featuring #OwnVoices engagement with Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop's metaphor of mirrors, windows, and sliding glass doors, will go live on June 1, 2018.

CFP for RDYL 1.2
Our second issue will be in two parts. For Part One, we welcome submissions from any discipline as they relate to our mission. Essays must be between 4,000-6,00
0 words, including footnotes and Works Cited, and use MLA 8.

Part Two is a special forum titled "Life, Death, and Activism In Youth Media and Culture," guest edited by writer, emerging scholar, and RDYL advisory board member Breanna McDaniel. RDYL is committed to providing space for urgent conversations affecting underrepresented communities, and specifically communities disproportionately affected by violence. Therefore, we invite interviews and articles that address how children and adolescents activate to decenter, resist, and claim space within Black Lives Matter, March For Our Lives, gun violence, the school to prison pipeline, the new Jim Crow, etc. How do young people respond to and resist institutional or government violence? How do they enact multi-layered strategies of activism, protest, and change? How do young people maintain hope? We are especially interested in submissions from young people whose voices have been overlooked by mainstream media coverage. Pieces may be up 1,200 words (5-6 double-spaced pages).

Please submit complete essays by July 1, 2018.

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Call for Presentations: Beyond the Numbers

Beyond the Numbers - November 7-9, 2018
Call for presentations deadline extended to May 18th!

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis is hosting its third free conference on economic information: "Beyond the Numbers."

This conference will bring together librarians, information professionals, data researchers, and data managers to improve understanding of economic resources and how to find, use, and share them.

Our aim is to provide librarians and other information professionals with the knowledge, competence, and enthusiasm to disseminate economic information expertise to their respective audiences. We are seeking proposals for conference presentations. For more details, or to submit a proposal, visit

Possible topics include:

  • Best practices and common missteps in using economic data
  • New, misunderstood, or underused economic information tools and sources
  • Deep dives into the construction of economic and financial data
  • Curating data for access, preservation, sharing, and re-use
  • Data description, citation, and findability
  • Research data management for economics and related disciplines

Proposal types include:

  • Sessions: 45-minute full sessions or 20-minute short sessions
  • Panels and roundtable discussions: 45-60 minutes
  • Tutorials and hands-on workshops: 90 minutes

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Call for Workshop Participants: Ignite Connecting Technologies & Communities

Call for Participation:

Ignite Connecting Technologies & Communities: Understanding and Facilitating Community-Based Technology Innovation

August 1-3, 2018

College Park, Maryland

Smart and connected communities hold the promise of improved safety, health, sustainability, and economic development. Realizing this promise depends upon investment in smart and connected community infrastructures, but no matter how much is spent on technical infrastructures the benefits ultimately depend on local innovation.  Whether it is adapting infrastructure technologies to local conditions, developing locally-relevant data resources, or creating software that leverages the infrastructure to meet local needs, smart and connected community efforts are transformative only when local communities are active participants in the technological innovations that underlie them.

While we have created high-capacity network infrastructures, open data resources, and civic application development platforms, much of what technologists know about facilitating community-based innovation has arisen from practice-based learning rather than building on  the work of researchers who study the factors, structures, and processes that underlie community-based innovation. The NSF-funded Ignite Connecting Technologies & Communities (ICTC) workshop bridges these two communities to identify what is known, what has been done, and what additional work is needed to strengthen our ability to explain, facilitate, and enable community-based technology innovation.

The ICTC workshop will develop a research agenda and foster initial collaborations through case-presentations; brainstorming and agenda articulation exercises; and networking opportunities. The focus is on practitioners and researchers who explore the factors, conditions, and practices that enable communities to leverage emerging data resources and infrastructure technologies to meet local needs. Specific questions to be considered include:

  • What do we know about community-based innovation with data and technology and what are the knowledge gaps?
  • What are the barriers to community-based technology innovation?
  • What are best practices for fostering community-based innovation with technology and how do the current initiatives relate to the latest research and conceptual models?
  • How do communities perceive and engage with emerging technologies and how does that impact their ability to mobilize new infrastructures, such as gigabit networking technologies, to satisfy community needs?

We are inviting innovators in research, practitioners, and community leaders to submit a 1-2 page position paper identifying a critical concept and/or compelling example of community-based technology innovation. Position papers will be distributed to the workshop participants as catalysts for discussion and provide structure for the workshop.

Position Paper Due by: May 27, 2018 (attendance decisions 6/1)

Submit Here <>

The ICTC workshop will be held at The Hotel <> in College Park, Maryland across from the University of Maryland Campus, close to the College Park Metro - Green Line, and just outside Washington DC.

Food and lodging for all workshop participants will be covered. Limited travel funding is available upon request.


Brian Butler <>,

Susan Winter <>,

Mary Anne Kendig <> &

Diane Travis <>

Online CFP:

For addition information contact us (

Funding for this workshop was provided by the NSF CISE Division of Computer and Network Systems under award number 1551584 <>.

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Call for Papers: Semantic Web Journal

Call for Papers (Semantic Web Journal): Special Issue on Knowledge Graphs: Construction, Management and QueryingURL: <>

A Knowledge Graph (KG) is a graph-theoretic knowledge representation that (at its simplest) models entities and attribute values as nodes, and relationships and attributes as labeled, directed edges. Knowledge Graphs have emerged as a unifying technology in several areas of AI, including Natural Language Processing and Semantic Web, and for this reason, the scope of what constitutes a KG has continued to broaden. In industry, widespread adoption of, as well as the Google Knowledge Graph, is changing the way information is being produced and consumed by both humans and machine agents on the Web. Even before the term, "Knowledge Graph" was coined and was in use, the Semantic Web community was a strong advocate of many of the core elements that make KGs so powerful, including graph-theoretic data models (and more generally, semi-structured representations of both data and schema), powerful pattern matching querying languages, graph data management and the emergence and utilization of large publicly available KGs like DBpedia, GeoNames and Wikidata for such varied tasks as knowledge acquisition, information retrieval and knowledge alignment. With the renaissance of, and deep interest in, such technologies in the broader computer science community, we believe that the time is ripe for the Semantic Web to revisit Knowledge Graphs from the lens of construction, management and querying.

We welcome four main types of submissions: (i) full research papers, (ii) reports on tools and systems, (iii) application reports, and (iv) survey articles. The description of the submission types is posted at While there is no upper limit, paper length must be justified by content. For guidance, we provide a list of possible topics below. Note that these topics are non-exhaustive and are not meant to be mutually exclusive. We especially welcome interdisciplinary research that spans multiple topics. Our guest editorial board includes members from both academia and industry.

Knowledge Graph Construction:

  • Novel techniques and algorithms for information extraction, especially algorithms that adapt quickly to novel domains and can be applied to Web data
  • Modeling structured sources in terms of a target KG ontology
  • Instance-based or hybrid ontology mapping between the ontologies of two KGs
  • Techniques for constructing multi-modal Knowledge Graphs from non-textual sources like video, images and other multimedia
  • Crowdsourced techniques for constructing high-quality Knowledge Graphs
  • Interactive techniques such as active learning, question answering and dialogs for rapid, high-quality human-in-the-loop KG construction
  • Entity resolution techniques for Knowledge Graphs
  • Machine Learning (including Probabilistic Logic) techniques for completing Knowledge Graphs by reasoning and doing link prediction over information extraction, entity resolution or ontology mapping outputs

Knowledge Graph Querying:

  • Domain-specific search models over Knowledge Graphs, including for specialized applications like vertical search and enterprise search Information Retrieval models (including learning to rank models) for querying Knowledge Graphs
  • Semantic query reformulation techniques to robustly query noisily constructed, or incomplete, Knowledge Graphs

Question Answering over Knowledge Graphs Knowledge Graph Management:

  • Entity alignment and linking between diverse Knowledge Graphs
  • Publishing, consumption, maintenance and evolution
  • Personalised learning based on Knowledge Graphs
  • Managing real time and historical data using Knowledge Graphs
  • Security and privacy issues surrounding Knowledge Graph use and management


  • Applications that showcase the successful adoption of Knowledge Graphs in both research and industrial settings, with clear description of the role, impact and motivations behind using Knowledge Graphs.
  • Development and utilization of Knowledge Graphs in specific industrial domains (e.g., media, government, financials, healthcare, life sciences, smart cities, cultural heritage, etc.) or as a horizontal technology, across application areas (e.g., business intelligence, analytics, search, content / knowledge management, information extraction, data integration, recommendation systems, etc.).
  • Discussion of experiences, scalability and the measurable impact (quantitative and / or qualitative) of the added value created by using
  • Knowledge Graphs in the respective domain. Best practises and concrete lessons learned from these experiences.
  • Potential strategic applications, use cases and areas where further research and advances based on using Knowledge Graphs is required


  • Submission deadline: 15 June 2018. Papers submitted before the deadline will be reviewed upon receipt.

Submission Instructions

Submissions shall be made through the Semantic Web journal website at Prospective authors must take notice of the submission guidelines posted at

Note that you need to request an account on the website for submitting a paper. When submitting, please indicate in the cover letter that it is for the Special Issue on Knowledge Graphs and the chosen submission type. All manuscripts will be reviewed based on the SWJ open and transparent review policy and will be made available online during the review process.

The guest editors can be reached at

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Call for Papers: Fake News and Library & Information Science



NOTE: Due to a glitch in the OPIS system, proposals should be emailed directly to the editors (info below). 




Recent developments in the information sphere have created an environment of distrust and have emphasized the need for increased information/media/digital literacy. In this information environment, the notion of a universal truth is virtually non-existent and individuals seemingly choose their own truth. Also problematic is the general idea that any information with which one disagrees can be labeled "fake." While information professionals have always advocated for the critical evaluation of information and sources, there has not been a connection made between Library and Information Science as a discipline and what the U.S. has been experiencing with regards to fake news, the weaponization of information, or the need for information literacy. This gap is reflective of the longstanding disconnect between the public and Library and Information Science.


The guest editors welcome a broad spectrum of submissions on topics related to Fake News, including, but not limited to, topics such as:

  • Digital literacy
  • Professional activities, roles, skills, responsibilities to combat Fake News
  • Pedagogy and Fake News
  • The Weaponization of Information
  • The Social Impact of Fake News
  • Impact of Fake News on Democracy
  • History of Fake News
  • Fake News, Politics, and the Media
  • Implications for Information as Evidence 

Submissions should include the following:

  • The author's full name, physical address, and email address
  • A title for the proposed paper (a tentative title is acceptable)
  • A proposal of no more than 500 words, outlining the theme, research question, hypothesis or focus of the paper, the research approach to be taken to the study (for theoretical or conceptual papers) or the research strategy and methodology to be used (for a research paper or case study), and any other details that help explain the intended purpose and scope of the paper
  • Between 3 and 6 keywords to represent the themes or topics in the paper


Final Papers should be from 6,000-8000 words, including notes and appendices, and formatted to the Instruction for Authors.


Authors will be notified of acceptance by June 15, 2018. Final papers are due September 15, 2018. Tentative Publication: Spring 2019 


All submissions will follow a full peer review process.


This special issue is co-edited by Renate L. Chancellor (Catholic University of America, USA) and Shari A. Lee (St. John's University, USA).


PROPOSALS, comments and/or inquiries should be directed to either Renate ( or Shari ( 


Please email your completed proposal by May 15, 2018. 

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DataOne Users Group, Marriott University Park, Tucson, AZ

Register now for the 2018 DataONE Users Group meeting: Building a Community of Scientific Data Repositories in an Open Science Landscape

Monday July 16th, 2018.

Marriott University Park, Tucson AZ; co-located with the ESIP meeting

  • Bringing together repository managers and users in support of open science
  • Community contributed talks and posters
  • DataONE updates and visioning
  • Topical breakout sessions and workshops

There is no registration fee to attend and participate in the DUG meeting. Information, registration and group hotel rates can be found here.

Meeting Theme and Objectives
The 2018 meeting theme, "Building a Community of Scientific Data Repositories in an Open Science Landscape" will bring together repository managers, users and other stakeholders to explore achievements and future work in the open science landscape. Community talks and posters that explore broad topics of interoperability, preservation, data discovery, reproducible research and sustainability are invited.

DataONE encourages DataONE Member Nodes, data scientists, researchers, scientists, students and others to submit abstracts for posters and talks.

Abstract Submission for Posters and Talks
Abstracts for talks and posters are solicited during the registration process. Talks will be approximately 10-20 minutes in duration, to be confirmed with development of the agenda. Submissions for talks will be accepted until June 10th, 2018. Oral presentations are not guaranteed. Those not accepted as oral presentations will be given the option to present a poster. Poster submissions will remain open until the close of registration.

See the promotional flyer here.


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Call for Papers: 2018 Student Research Award

Theme: Users of Arts & Humanities Digital Collections

SIG AH is seeking previously unpublished research for a Master's or PhD Student Research Award including a free ASIS&T membership and cash prize up to $500. The submission form can be found at:

The theme, Users of Arts & Humanities Digital Collections, invites participation from a variety of theoretical and empirical perspectives on the topic. We encourage graduate-level submissions from a broad range of disciplines including the arts and humanities, digital humanities/new media, library and information science, and computer science. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, past research, case studies, and current projects that use arts and humanities digital collections, or that discuss topics in the following areas:

  • Creative re-use of digital collections
  • Teaching with digital collections
  • Researchers using digital collections
  • Usability of digital collections interfaces
  • Ethical issues related to digital collections access
  • Reverse-image lookup
  • Web analytics
  • Accessibility
  • Use of digital collections on social media
  • Digital Humanities projects

Who is Eligible: Anyone who is currently a PhD or Master's student. Students who are graduating in Spring 2018 may apply.

Submissions can be made as a single author or a group of authors, including collaborations between students from different institutions. All submitted works should be previously unpublished. Authors do not need to be members of ASIS&T. All research is expected to be purely the students' work. Authors are required to secure any necessary permissions related to research findings from internships or collaborative projects being used in this research competition.

Submission Requirements & Selection Criteria:
While the contest theme, eligibility, and submission criteria are flexible and invite creativity, research papers should show an appropriate level of graduate research and should include an advanced theoretical or empirical discussion, methodology, and analysis.

Research paper submissions should relate to the 2018 theme (Users of Arts & Humanities Digital Collections) and must adhere to the following:

  • Word .doc or .docx
  • Cover page with title, author names, institutional affiliations, and abstract of 250 words or less
  • 10 single-spaced pages or less (approximately 4,000 words), 12 pt. font, using APA citations and bibliography. Tables, graphs, images, etc. may appear within the body of the text.
  • No headers or footers (with exception of page numbers)
  • Author names should not appear anywhere in the main text.
  • Submission details should be provided via electronic form and final papers emailed by the May 18, 2018 deadline (details below).

A panel of judges will select award winners based on the following criteria: relevance of topic to the contest theme, originality of research and approach, and quality of student writing. Papers not meeting the above requirements may be excluded from the contest.

One (1) student paper may be awarded the Master's Student Research Award or the PhD Student Research Award, including a monetary prize of up to $500 and a 1-year ASIS&T membership.

Submission and Deadline
Authors are invited to submit papers, based on the requirements and selection criteria above, by filling out the form at and emailing the document to ASIST.SIGAH (at) before 11:59 pm PST, May 18, 2018. Please ensure the information submitted on the web form matches the title and author name on the submitted final paper. Award winner will be announced in June 2018.

If you have any questions, please email ASIST.SIGAH (at)

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10.-11. December 2018
Peace Research Institute Oslo

Data analysis is normative. Coding, programming and algorithmically interpreting data is always informed by the concepts, ideas, values and affordances of the technologies and people that engage with data. Even if the word data means "given", information becomes socially and politically imbued as soon as it is selected and categorized to make it available for analysis. Such insights are no longer only subject of academic critique, but the normativity of data analysis has by now become integrated into public discourses. In fact, the value of data has created a new market for moral entrepreneurs, who re-frame data analysis as a tool for moral engineering and security politics.

At this conference we explore how values, ideas and concepts are not only necessarily embedded in data analysis, but also in what way they are productive and co-create society. Please join our discussion on the many vocations and visions of data analysis in the security domain: These can include overt media manipulation and disinformation, the active sensoring or removal of online contents, the workings of editing algorithms or retweet-robots, the promotion of state-sponsored narratives online, but also the normativity of approaches that seek to "uncover fake news", "fight attacks on the freedom of speech online" or "make the world a more secure place with online data". Together, we discuss the relationship between data analysis, ideas and values by looking at the workings of digital security technologies, data security policies or the security politics of data.

The three confirmed keynote speakers are:

Miguel Sicart, Associate Professor at the Center for Computer Game Research at IT University Copenhagen, "Playing Data: Understanding the Ludic in the Information Age"

Katja de Vries, postdoctoral researcher in Law Science Technology & Society at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, "The coexistence of humans and algorithmic profiling machines"

Susanne Krasmann, Professor at the Faculty of Economy and Social Sciences, (Criminology) Hamburg University, "The desire for truth - and the secret of algorithms"

The conference will further include a roundtable discussion with representatives from the Norwegian Ministries on "Data & the everyday of security authorities." 

Please send your papers until the 21st of September to Mareile Kaufmann:

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Call for Papers: COLLNET 2018

14th International Conference on Webometrics, Informetrics and Scientometrics (WIS) & 18th COLLNET Meeting
University of Macau, Macau
December 5-8, 2018

We welcome the participants to the 14th International Conference on Webometrics, Informetrics, and Scientometrics (WIS) and the 18th COLLNET Meeting 2018 which will be held from 05 to 08 December 2018 in Macau organized by COLLNET. COLLNET 2018 is a forum for all scientometricians including Librarians, Information Professionals, Researchers and Practitioners to share experiences, ideas, research results, meeting and networking on all aspects of webometrics, informetrics and scientometrics. The meeting will provide an occasion for you to share and collaborate in a pleasant atmosphere. The COLLNET 2018 will be marked by the presence of many events, including formal as well as informal activities, networking events, receptions, industry presentations, panel discussions and tours.

Paper Submission
Send your extended abstract in three pages by email to Hildrun Kretschmer (

Important Dates

  • July 15, 2018 (Deadline), Extended Abstract (three pages)
  • September 15th, 2018, Acceptance Notification
  • Nov. 15th, 2018 (Deadline), Full Paper (Camera-ready version, maximum 10 pages including tables, figures, references)

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Call for Papers: Open Educational Resource Discovery & Delivery

Open Educational Resource, or OER in short, has been referred to as educational sources or services that anyone may have equal access and contribution (Tuomi, 2006; UNESCO, 2002). Its benefit of reducing students' cost of education has been validated and underscored in numerous reports. A recent review of 16 OER studies in higher education showed that overall students using OER had the same level of achievement as those using traditional textbook, if not better (Hilton, 2016). Faculty and students reported favorable perceptions toward OER.

As a young and growing field, OER has shown its promise in providing accessible and affordable educational opportunities for learners. However, Hilton (2016) found out in his search effort that first there were not many OER studies, and second, there was a lack of studies with rigorous research design. At the same time, as Drs. Wiley, Bliss, and McEwen (2014) pointed out, it faces several major challenges, among which the following questions are significant. What constitutes a quality OER source or service? How is the quality measured? How to find quality OER to effectively support specific needs? What are effective ways to find, localize, and manage OER for a specific linguistic and cultural context?

We invite authors to submit paper on OER discovery, localization, management, and quality from theoretical, technical, and design perspectives.

Topics may include, but not limited to:

  • Finding, Seeking and Sharing OER
  • OER Delivery and Management
  • OER and digital library
  • Users' behavior in OER such as information seeking behavior
  • Learning analytics and data mining of OER
  • Recommendation systems for OER
  • OER accessibility
  • Effective use of OER
  • OER design and evaluation
  • OER quality
  • OER localization or adaptation in and across courses
  • Open assessment
  • Global impact
  • Systematic review of OER research
  • Advances in OER
  • Case studies related to OER discovery and delivery

Guest Editors
Shenghua Zha, University of South Alabama,
Gayle Davidson-Shivers, University of South Alabama,
I-Chun Tsai, University of Akron,

Important Dates
Submission due: June 8, 2018
Final papers: September 2018

Submissions should comply with the journal author guidelines which are here: see

Submissions should be made through ScholarOne Manuscripts, the online submission and peer review system. Registration and access is available at

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Call for Proposals: Labor in Academic Libraries

Labor in Academic Libraries.

Library Trends Special Issue

Guest Editors
Emily Drabinski, Long Island University, Brooklyn
Aliqae Geraci, Cornell University
Roxanne Shirazi, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Special Issue Theme​

Labor in Academic Libraries

The topic of labor in academic libraries has emerged as an area of critical interest in both academic library and archives communities. Library workers have long been at the center of labor struggles in higher education. Additionally, librarians and archivists have worked against the relative invisibility of their work within an academy that centers the concerns of disciplinary faculty who often see knowledge workers as adjunct to the scholarly enterprise. We believe the time is right for a collection of essays that can frame the work of librarians, archivists, and library workers within the broader workplace issues of the university.

We invite contributions in the form of qualitative and quantitative research, analytic essays, and historical explorations that address the broad range of issues facing information workers in the academic setting. Potential essays and articles within this theme might address the following:

  • the impact of unions in academic libraries, social justice unionism, relationship between union activists and progressive/left circles in librarianship
  •  university library leadership and participation in shared governance models
  • discussions of hierarchies, divisions, and power dynamics between and among library workers
  • affective labor and its value in academic libraries
  •  corporatization of the university and libraries
  • the growth of contract, part-time, contingent, and student labor in library staffing models
  • labor side of educational technology and the adoption of corporate platforms
  • the pitfalls of pipeline and residency programs as a strategy for diversifying professions
  • revisiting debates around faculty status and tenure for librarians
  • the implications for full time labor of casualization--for workers and the profession as a whole
  • faculty and academic worker organizing
  • the roles of librarians and archivists as scholars and knowledge workers in the academy
  • the changing structures and relationships in the higher education workplace

Contact the editors at

Abstracts and proposals (no more than 500 words): July 1, 2018
Notification: July 15, 2018
Initial drafts due: October 15, 2018

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Call for Awards: Ongoing Doctoral Dissertation Research in the Philosophy of Information

Nature of the Award: The award shall consist of $1,000, given annually to a graduate student who is working on a dissertation on the philosophy of information (broadly construed). As we see it, the range of philosophical questions relating to information is broad, and approachable through a variety of philosophical traditions (philosophy of mind, logic, philosophy of information so-called, philosophy of science, etc.).
Purpose of the Award: The purpose of this award is to encourage and support scholarship in the philosophy of information.
Eligibility: The scholarship recipient must meet the following qualifications:
  1. Be an active doctoral student whose primary area of research is directly philosophical, whether the institutional setting is philosophy or another discipline; that is to say, the mode of dissertation research must be philosophical as opposed to empirical or literary study;
  2. Have completed all course work; and
  3. Have had a dissertation proposal accepted by the institution.
Recipients may receive the award not more than once.
Administration: The Litwin Books Award for Ongoing Doctoral Dissertation Research in the Philosophy of Information is sponsored and administered by Litwin Books, LLC, an independent scholarly publisher.
Nominations: Nominations should be submitted via email by June 1, to
The submission package should include the following:
  1. The accepted dissertation proposal;
  2. A description of the work done to date;
  3. A letter of recommendation from a dissertation committee member;
  4. An up-to-date curriculum vitae with current contact information.
Selection of the Awardee: Submissions will be judged on merit with emphasis on the following:
  1. Clarity of thought;
  2. Originality;
  3. Relevance to our time;
  4. Evidence of good progress toward completion.

Notification: The winner and any honorable mentions will be notified via letter by July 1.

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Call for Proposals: Gender and Visual Literacy

Gender issues are capturing people's attentions these days. One aspect of such attention is visual. How does the visual aspect of gender impact library and information science? The journal Open Information Science will have a special issue on this topic.

Authors are kindly invited to register at our paper processing system at: and submit their contribution.

Every manuscript should be clearly marked as intended for this special issue. All papers will go through the Open Information Science's high standards, quick, fair and comprehensive peer-review procedure. Instructions for authors are available here. In case of any questions, please contact Guest Editor ( or Managing Editor (

As an author of Open Information Science you will benefit from:

  • transparent, comprehensive and fast peer review managed by our esteemed Guest Editor;
  • efficient route to fast-track publication and full advantage of De Gruyter e-technology;
  • no publication fees;
  • free language assistance for authors from non-English speaking regions.

The deadline is September 1.

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