Call for Proposals: Digital Initiatives Symposium 2020

The Digital Initiatives Symposium at the University of San Diego is accepting proposals for its full day conference on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. We welcome proposals from a wide variety of organizations, including colleges and universities of all sizes, community colleges, public libraries, special libraries, museums, and other cultural memory institutions.

Proposals should fall into one of two formats:

  • Concurrent sessions: 45 minutes (please allow 10-15 minutes for Q&A); 1-2 speakers.

  • Lightning talks: 10 minutes; limited to one speaker

This year, we are especially interested in proposals from international applicants and/or proposals with international perspectives. We will be welcoming keynote speakers Reggie Raju (University of Cape Town, South Africa) and Arianna Becerril-Garcia (Redalyc).

Other relevant topics include:

  • social justice and open access

  • the future of open access

  • Plan S
  • data management and sharing; open data

  • Linked data

  • open educational resources

  • curation of digital collections

  • digital initiatives in instruction and undergraduate research

  • roles for deans and directors in digital and institutional repository initiatives

  • roles for disciplinary faculty in digital and institutional repository initiatives

  • diverse repository platforms and functions

  • digital humanities

  • copyright, licensing, and privacy issues

  • collaboration: interdisciplinary initiatives and collaboration within and between campuses

  • scholarly communication

  • technical applications related to platforms or tools

  • web archiving

  • web annotation

Submit your proposal at (Click on “Submit Proposal” on the left sidebar.) Please note:

  • In the interest of providing a rich, face-to-face experience for attendees, virtual / remote presentations and lightning talks will not be accepted.

  • All submissions will be evaluated based on the relevance of the topic and potential to advance thinking about digital initiatives, institutional repositories, and scholarly communication. Acceptance is competitive.

  • Registration fees will be waived for accepted presenters.

Proposal deadline: Friday, Nov. 22, 2019

New SAA e-publications

New Digital Books Available
Now you can read SAA’s newest books in digital form! Check out:

  • Archival Values: Essays in Honor of Mark A. Greene EPUB PDF
  • Leading and Managing Archives and Manuscripts Programs EPUB PDF
  • Arranging and Describing Archives and Manuscripts EPUB PDF
  • Advocacy and Awareness for Archivists EPUB PDF

In addition, you can now get epub editions of the following titles:

CFP: 2020 Supporting Undergraduate Research Conference

Call for Proposals

The Supporting Undergraduate Research Conference planning team invites faculty, students, librarians, instructional technologists, and others interested in supporting student research to submit a session proposal for the conference.

Potential themes include:

  • Improving student research practices
  • Strategies for making research more prominent in the curriculum
  • Research support needs specific to sophomores and juniors
  • Outreach to and/or working with students from underrepresented groups
  • Data intensive research projects
  • Reproducible research across the curriculum
  • Working with primary sources
  • Designing and supporting digital scholarship projects in courses
  • Collaboration on campus and beyond
  • Engagement with the broader scholarly community

We welcome proposals that engage with these themes or other aspects of collaborative undergraduate research support, and are particularly eager to see proposals from teams that include students, faculty, and staff.

Submit session proposals by November 4, 2019.

CFP: Journal of Archival Organization, Special Issue on Radio Preservation

From the federal to the state and local levels, recent years have witnessed growing interest in radio preservation among archival organizations across the United States. This issue of the Journal of Archival Organization seeks to capture the present state and future of radio preservation, documenting key issues, projects, strategies, and initiatives pursued by contemporary archivists and preservation groups working within this rapidly expanding area of archival practice. What possibilities do new archiving technologies afford, and what new systems and workflows have developed around them? What challenges or opportunities do current laws present for effective preservation and access? What financial and administrative obstacles do preservationists face, and what strategies have they pursued in the face of these challenges? How have preservation workers sought to expand traditional forms of radio content and diversify the digital record? Who does the work of radio preservation, what measures are being taken to prepare professionals and other relevant groups to perform these duties?

For consideration, please email inquiries and short proposals to guest editor Shawn VanCour at, no later than October 31st.

Contributions should consist of 15-20 page essays that position themselves in relation to relevant scholarship and professional publications in archival studies, library studies, critical data studies, digital humanities, media studies, and other cognate fields. Articles selected for inclusion must be submitted by January 13, 2020 and will be published in the journal’s Spring 2020 issue.

Final submissions should conform to professional academic publishing conventions and must clear the journal’s double-blind review process for successful publication

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Legal issues impacting preservation and access (changes in copyright law, strategies governing deposit agreements, repatriation issues, digital distribution methods)
  • Innovations in preservation methods (new technologies for digitization or storage of radio materials, new conservation strategies, designing new preservation workflows)
  • Metadata management (automated transcription technologies, competing content management systems, challenges and strategies of radio description)
  • Institutional factors (advocacy work for radio preservation within archival organizations, reevaluation of best practices, shifting institutional priorities)
  • Education and outreach (use of radio materials in the classroom, public screenings and community engagement, preservation training, advocacy for archival professionals and radio materials within collecting institutions)
  • Diversifying the digital record (activist archiving strategies, identifying relevant stakeholders, funding challenges)
  • Collaborative approaches (cross-sector preservation work within and across archiving institutions, collaborations with professionals in cognate fields, community-based strategies and participatory archiving, crowdsourcing initiatives)
  • Archiving born-digital content (platform-specific strategies and preservation issues, technological challenges and innovations, professional vs. nonprofessional productions)


CFP: Conference of Quaker Historians and Archivists and Funding Opportunity

Call For Proposals
Conference of Quaker Historians and Archivists
Earlham College
Richmond, IndianA
June 12-14, 2020

The Conference of Quaker Historians and Archivists (CQHA) will hold its 23rd biennial conference at Earlham College on June 12-14, 2020.

CQHA is a community that brings together those who study the history of Quakers and Quakerism with practitioners from cultural institutions that make records of the Quaker past available for scholarship. The Conference takes place every two years at locations in North America and abroad, and welcomes both Quaker and non-Quaker participants from diverse backgrounds.
We invite proposals for presentations on any aspect of Quaker history, across all time periods and locations. This year we encourage proposals on the following topics: Challenges of diversity, equity, or inclusion in Quakerism; Quakerism in Indiana and the US Midwest; (Re)assessments of Quakerism and Quaker historiography.

In addition to individual paper presentations (20 minutes), we welcome proposals for panels of complete sessions (2-3 papers), roundtable discussions (60 or 90 minutes), workshops (up to a half day), or other collaborative formats. We also seek participants for a session of lightning talks (5-7 minutes each), a format especially well suited to works-in-progress, summaries of recent publications, or ongoing projects. All presenters are required to register for the conference.
Proposals should consist of the following elements:

  1. Identify the format of your proposed presentation: a single paper, a panel of papers, a roundtable discussion, a workshop, a lightning talk, or other format, and indicate its proposed length.
  2. For each presentation proposed, please supply:
    1. the presentation title;
    2. a one-page description of the proposed presentation that highlights argument, approach, or methodology, as well as anticipated content; and
    3. a one-page vita or resume for each presenter.
  3. Proposals for sessions should be sent as a package, including an overall session description as well as the requested materials for each participant.

Complete proposals should be sent via email to Susan Garfinkel and John Anderies, program co-chairs, at

The deadline for proposals is December 6, 2019.

Logistics: Dormitory lodging and meal service will be available on the campus of Earlham College, within walking distance of conference sessions. Hotels, bed & breakfasts, and AirBnBs are located within driving distance in the city of Richmond. Located in eastern Indiana, Richmond is accessible by plane plus shuttle or car from Dayton (45-minutes), Indianapolis (90-minutes), or Cincinnati (90-minutes) airports. Richmond is accessible by car via I-70 and US routes 27, 35, and 40. The nearest Amtrak station is Connersville, Indiana (35-minutes).

In an area settled by Quakers in the early nineteenth century, the city of Richmond is located along the historic National Road and serves as county seat for Wayne County, Indiana. Richmond is home to four colleges and two seminaries including Earlham College and Earlham School of Religion, and is headquarters of Friends United Meeting. The city and region offer an abundant selection of restaurants, shops, museums, outdoor recreation and cultural opportunities.

Conference Website:

Funding Opportunity from Friend Historical Association (FHA)

Funding for Underrepresented Scholars: Friends Historical Association offers a funding opportunity to better support scholars whose race or ethnicity, gender expression and sexual preference, faith (or lack thereof), and/or other facets of background and identity are traditionally underrepresented amongst CQHA conference presenters and attendees. Stipends of $1,000 are available for up to three applicants. Applications are due December 11, 2019. Please see for details.

CFP: Empirical Librarians 2020 (February 27-28, 2020 – Knoxville, Tennessee)

Empirical Librarians 2020

Empirical Librarians 2020 will be held February 27-28, 2020, at the University of Tennessee Conference Center in Knoxville, TN.

Proposal Submission Form:

Empirical Librarians ( is a small conference that specifically focuses on the unique place of original research and original researchers in the larger information environment. We are a place where librarians who do research and librarians who support research can come together to share ideas and insights about original research by patrons and librarians.

The 6th Empirical Librarians conference seeks presentation proposals from librarians, library professionals, and LIS students on our two conference topic tracks:

  1. supporting original research, through faculty and graduate outreach, scholarly communications, etc.; and
  2. performing research in libraries.

Proposals can be concurrent sessions, either as presentations or panels, or can be short lightning talks. In Track 1 we especially encourage presentations that focus on the unique needs of patrons who are doing research, and how working with researchers is different from supporting non-researcher patrons. In Track 2 we especially encourage discussions of practical methodology, including why research could be or was done a certain way and what lessons were learned that may help attendees do their own research.

Please submit proposal abstracts and information at this form (

The deadline to submit proposals is October 18, 2019. Proposal authors will receive notice of acceptance or requests to revise with feedback in late November.

Presenters will be expected to register as regular attendees. Registration will open in early November. Thanks to support from our sponsors, University of Tennessee Libraries and the VCU Libraries, we have been able to maintain a modest registration rate. We anticipate registration to cost $65 for early bird registration for the day-and-a-half conference.

CFP: 2019 Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference—Biographies Area: Philadelphia, PA (April 15-18, 2020)

Call for Papers: 2019 Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference—Biographies Area: Philadelphia, PA  (April 15-18, 2020)

Submission Deadline: 11/1/19

The Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association annual conference will be held on Wednesday April 15 through Saturday April 18, 2020 at the Downtown Marriott Hotel on Market Street in Philadelphia, PA. Scholars from a wide variety of disciplines will meet to share their Popular Culture research and interests.

The Biographies Area is soliciting papers that examine the connections between biography and popular culture. Papers and full panel presentations regarding any aspect of popular culture and biography are encouraged. Potential topics might include:

– Biography and entertainment, art, music, theater
– Biography and film
– Biography and criminal justice
– Television programs about biography
– Biography and urban legends
– Biography and folklore
– Biography and literature
– Scholarly Biography
– Controversial Biography
– Psychoanalysis and Biography
– Historical Biography
– Political Biography
– Autobiography

Sessions are scheduled in 1½ hour slots, typically with four papers or speakers per standard session.  Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes. The deadline is November 1, 2019.

Proposals must be submitted on the conference website.

Thank you for your interest!

Please direct any queries to the Biographies Area chair:
Susie Skarl
Associate Professor/Urban Affairs Librarian
UNLV Libraries
Las Vegas, NV 89154 OR

Susie Skarl, MLS

Associate Professor/Urban Affairs Librarian

UNLV Lied Library

(702) 895-2141

ALA ACRL ESS De Gruyter European Librarianship Study Grant

ESS De Gruyter European Librarianship Study Grant

Submission Deadline: Friday, December 6, 2019

The grant supports research in European studies with an emphasis on librarianship, the book trade, resource documentation and similar information-science related topics. The grant was established in 2011 by ACRL WESS under the sponsorship of the Walter de Gruyter Foundation for Scholarship and Research [Stiftung für Wissenschaft und Forschung] and managed by ACRL ESS.


2,500 Euro sponsored by the De Gruyter Foundation to cover travel to and from Europe and transportation, room, and board in Europe, for up to thirty (30) consecutive days.


Each applicant must be a member of ACRL and employed as a librarian or information professional in a university, college, community college, or research library in the year prior to application for the award.


The purpose of the grant is to support research on the acquisition, organization, or use of library resources from or relating to Europe. Current or historical subjects may be treated. The award jury will review proposals with the following in mind:

  • What is the work to be accomplished?

The proposal should be as explicit as possible about the current state of knowledge in the area and what will be achieved by the successful completion of the study.

  • What is the need for and value of the proposed research?

The proposal should provide persuasive evidence that the study is of practical use or scholarly value to the wider community of European Studies librarians or academic scholars.

  • What is the methodology for carrying out the proposed work?

The research design should be as specific as possible and demonstrate why a trip to Europe is essential to the research.

  • Can the work be accomplished within the time frame proposed?

If the study extends beyond 30 days, the proposal should specify how the additional work would be completed and funded.

  • Are the applicant’s qualifications sufficient to carry out the study?

The applicant should document the ability to complete the proposed research in a timely manner.


Electronic submissions through the online application form are required. The application form must be completed in its entirety. Applications must be received by December 7, 2018, to receive consideration.

Supporting documents to accompany the nomination form include:

  • A proposal, maximum of five (5) pages, double-spaced
  • A tentative travel itinerary of up to thirty (30) days, including the proposed countries and institutions to be visited and the preferred period of study/travel
  • A travel budget, including estimated round-trip coach airfare, transportation in Europe, lodging expenses, and meal costs
  • A current curriculum vitae

If possible, please submit a high resolution photo (at least 300 dpi), which will be used to make the official winner announcement immediately after the ALA Midwinter Meeting.

All supporting documents must be compiled by the applicant and uploaded through the nomination form as a single PDF (max size 20MB). Submissions will be acknowledged via e-mail.

Submission Deadline: Friday, December 6, 2019

Application from previous years which have not been selected may be resubmitted with revisions.


If you have questions, please contact Award Committee Chair Ann Snoeyenbos,, or ACRL Program Officer Chase Ollis at

CFP: Exploring Literacies Through Digital Humanities (dh+lib special issue) @DHandLib

CFP: Exploring Literacies Through Digital Humanities

This past year an informal group of librarians began meeting to discuss the intricate relationships between digital humanities (DH) and literacies—information literacy, visual literacy, digital literacy, data literacy, and the like—with the intention of fostering a larger conversation around the topic and learn more about what’s actually happening “on the ground.” The group was motivated by the desire to help librarians striving to incorporate digital pedagogy into their teaching and those seeking to engage more critically with digital forms of scholarship. To contribute to this conversation, this dh+lib special issue is seeking submissions that explore DH work, be it research, digital project creation and evaluation, or digital pedagogy, through the lens of literacies.


The aim of this special issue is to provide readers from all areas of librarianship with greater insight into the intersection of DH and literacies, therefore, please keep the audience in mind and make choices such as defining DH-specific terms or linking out to resources that provide further explanation of DH methods and concepts.

New voices and submissions from graduate students, junior scholars, instructional technologists, and others who work on the frontlines of DH and literacy work are encouraged. Perspectives from outside of the U.S. are particularly welcome. Submissions may take the form of short essays (between 750 and 1500 words long) or responses in other media that are of comparable length. Possible topics include:

  • How can digital humanities tools/methods inform teaching information literacy concepts? Or vice versa?
  • How do aspects of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy, such as the constructed and contextual nature of authority, fit in with digital humanities work? How do digital humanities methods and scholarship create challenges for the ACRL Framework?
  • How might the ACRL Framework (or other frameworks and literacies) serve as a basis for evaluating digital humanities scholarship?
  • What are the threshold concepts for digital humanities?
  • How might our professional literacies inform our collection practices, especially around collections as data?
  • How might DH literacies inform other areas of professional practice?
  • Conduct an analysis of a digital humanities project that explores the literacies and competencies necessary for its creation.
  • Discuss criticisms of literacies as a concept or issues with applying a literacy framework to DH work.

Please send your proposals in the form of a 250-word abstract and a brief biographical statement for each author to the editors at using the subject line: 2019 Special Issue. Proposals are due by October 30, 2019.

Copyright notice: Material published on dh+lib will be covered by the CC BY-4.0 International license unless otherwise arranged with the Editors-in-Chief.

Activism Across the Political Spectrum: Challenges for Practice, Research and Teaching in the Cultural Heritage Field

Type: Call for Papers

Date: October 12, 2019

Location: United Kingdom

Subject Fields: Anthropology, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Contemporary History, Cultural History / Studies

Call for Papers for a Panel for the Association of Critical Heritage Studies Conference 2020 at University College London (UK).

We invite proposals for the following panel for the Association of Critical Heritage Studies 5th Biennial Conference 2020: Futures (

Date of the Conference: 26 – 30 August 2020

Venue: University College London, London, UK

Submission Deadline for Paper Abstracts: 12 October 2019
Panel Session: Activism Across the Political Spectrum: Challenges for Practice, Research and Teaching in the Cultural Heritage Field

This session examines different types of activism and activist groups across the political spectrum and discusses how the dramatic political shifts and the rise of populist and far-right groups and parties in many countries across the globe have impacted – and keep impacting – the cultural heritage sector. While recent academic literature has primarily focused on the progressive activist potential within the cultural heritage sector, the panel seeks to explore how various activist groups have used cultural heritage sites, museums, or grassroots initiatives to promote their agendas. One of the principal aims of this panel is to understand the shifting dynamics among various actors in the field. A second aim is to explore implications and future challenges for practice and teaching. How should academic disciplines such as critical heritage and museum studies reconsider their curricula and include teaching activist and grassroots strategies alongside academic institutional critique?

We welcome proposals for papers that explore how activists across the political spectrum have managed to turn non-issues into issues. What sort of tactics and respective counter-tactics have activists employed? And how have the wider public, non-institutional initiatives as well as institutional organisations in the field responded, e.g. by rejecting and pro-actively fighting back or by embracing and adopting activists’ agendas? We are interested in a wide range of activist practices across the globe, ranging from local initiatives to global, social media-driven movements. Areas may include—but are not limited to—eco-rights, human rights, civil rights, gender and LGBTQI+ policies, data rights, etc. We welcome cross-disciplinary proposals from individuals at different stages in their careers, including early career researchers, academics and practitioners from a range of methodological and conceptual perspectives.

Abstract Submission: Please send an abstract of 250 words max. for a 15 min. paper presentation (followed by 5 min. Q&A) and your contact details (email address) and affiliation (if any) directly to the panel organiser Dr Annette Loeseke (NYU Berlin) by 12 October 2019:

Please note that the conference fee is 350£ (regular fee) / 290£ (student fee).

Panel Organiser: Dr Annette Loeseke (Lecturer in Museum Studies, New York University Berlin)

For any enquiries please contact

Contact Info: Dr Annette Loeseke, Lecturer in Museum Studies, New York University, Berlin Campus (Germany)

Contact Email: