Call for Presentations: 2021 Reference Research Forum at ALA Annual

The Research & Statistics Committee of the Reference Services Section of the Reference & User Services Association (RUSA) invites submission of reference service research project proposals for presentation at the New Discoveries in Reference: The 27th Annual Reference Research Forum at the 2021 American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago, IL.

Researchers and practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals are encouraged to submit a proposal. The committee is particularly interested in research about serving diverse patrons.

The Reference Research Forum is a popular and valuable ALA Annual Conference program. Attendees have the opportunity to learn about innovative research projects conducted in reference services including user behavior, electronic services, reference effectiveness and assessment, and organizational structure and personnel. For examples of projects presented at past Forums, please see the Committee’s website.

The Committee employs a blind peer review process to select three proposals for 20-minute presentations, followed by open discussion. Identifying information will not be shared with reviewers until after final selection of proposals. Selected submissions must be presented in person at the Forum during ALA Annual in Chicago, IL.

Criteria for selection:

  • Originality: Potential for research to fill a gap in reference knowledge or to build on previous studies
  • Quality: Research design and methodologies
  • Impact: Significance of the study for improving the quality of reference service

NOTE: Research projects may be in-progress or completed. Previously published research or research accepted for publication will not be accepted.

Important Dates:

Proposals are due by Monday, January 4, 2021. Notification of acceptance will be made by Monday, February 15th, 2021. The submission must not exceed the stated word count limit.

Submission Details:

Submissions will be accepted as Word documents.

SUBMISSION PAGE 1: Contact Information
Please include the primary contact’s name, title, institutional affiliation, mailing address, and email address.  Additional research team members should also be noted in the appropriate field.

SUBMISSION PAGE 2: Research Description (250 Word maximum)
The research description must not include any personally identifiable information, including your name, or the name of your institution. Please include these elements:

  • Title of the project
  • Explicit statement of the research problem
  • Description of the research design and methodologies
  • Findings or results if available
  • Brief discussion of the originality, unique contribution, potential impact, and significance of the research (if you use semi colons between items in a list, you need to make sure the entire list is a complete sentence.)

Proposals that exceed the word count or that do not follow the format described above will be automatically rejected.

Questions about the Forum should be directed to the 2020-2021 committee chair:

Qiana Johnson (q-johnson@northwestern.edu)

CFP: Conference on Academic Library Management

This call does not specifically mention archives or special collections, but it is an opportunity for managers in those areas to share accomplishments.

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The inaugural Conference on Academic Library Management (CALM), taking place the week of March 15, 2021, invites proposals for virtual presentations that inform and inspire the practice and application of management in academic libraries. This conference is geared towards current middle managers, administrators, coordinators, and those who aspire to take on those roles. We will focus on person-centered management practices that aim toward creating more just and inclusive workplaces.

We invite either 60-minute presentations or 10-minute lightning talks on all topics related to library management, including but not limited to encompassing tips and advice, practical application, research, and learning from failures, in any area, especially:

  • Budget / fiscal planning and expenditures
  • Hiring practices and policies
  • Crisis and emergency management
  • Communication and transparency
  • Advocacy and relationship building
  • Time management and work life balance
  • Anti-racist management practices and policies
  • Supervision, evaluation, and other personnel topics
  • Organizational climate and culture, retention, and growth
  • Career planning, professional development, and mentoring
  • Management without authority and managing up and side-ways
  • Decision-making
  • Diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion
  • Team building and team cultivation
  • Motivation and empowerment

Proposal and Conference Timeline:

  • Proposals due: December 15, 2020
  • Notification of accepted proposals: Week of January 15, 2021
  • Conference: Week of March 15, 2021

Proposals can be submitted using this Google form.

If you have any questions or comments, let us know at CALMConf@gmail.com.

CFP: Chesapeake DH Consortium

The Chesapeake Digital Humanities Consortium Steering Committee is excited to announce that the #CDHC2021 Call for Proposals is now open! Our theme for 2021 is Social Justice and Online Activism. This event will be all-virtual over two half-day sessions on February 25th and 26th, 2021. All events will be free of charge.

We encourage participation from the broader digital humanities communities, including undergraduate and graduate students, college and university faculty, independent scholars, community members, librarians, archivists, and technologists. Within the larger theme of Social Justice and Online Activism, we encourage submissions within the following areas:

-COVID-19
-Race and Racial Inequities
-Social Media and Mobilization
-Automating Inequality (cf. Automating Inequality; e.g. flaws of fraud detection, decision-support software vis-a-vis inequality)
-Algorithmic Bias (cf. Algorithms of Oppression)
-Bias in AI and Machine Learning
-Digital Archives Power (cf. Archives Power)
-Cybertypes (cf. Nakamura’s Cybertypes)
-Crowdsourcing DH projects
-Hashtag activism
-Inclusive DH pedagogy
-DH for social good

You may submit your proposals directly here: https://forms.gle/yo8ACeTgb93pX1gy5

Proposals are due November 31st at 11:59 pm ET.

For more information on topics, proposal types, and conference details, see our website at https://chesapeakedh.github.io/conference-2021

If you have questions or comments please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at chesapeakedhconsortium@gmail.com.

Please share widely. We look forward to your proposals!

Best,
CDHC Steering and Program Committee

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Sherri Brown
Research Librarian for English
University of Virginia Library | Kerchof 102
slb4kt@virginia.edu | 919.434.7801

Call for Proposals: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Libraries: Progress and Promise?

Equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) initiatives and practices have been at the forefront of library services for several years. However, now we need to ask ourselves, are we not only talking the talk, but walking the walk when it comes to EDI. Are the EDI initiatives and plans we developed years ago actually working? Are we seeing an impact from these efforts in our communities and among our staff?

Join Amigos Library Services on December 2, 2020 for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Libraries: Progress and Promise? We will take a closer look at EDI and explore what initiatives in your library have worked, ones that have not.

We are now accepting presentation proposals for this online conference. Suggested topic areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Diversity audits and assessments of your library’s collection
  • Implementation of universal design best practices in your library’s digital and physical spaces
  • Successful strategies on engaging your library’s staff, community, and/or campus with EDI education and training
  • Lessons learned in managing controversial EDI issues within your library’s workplace, community, and/or campus
  • Archival and special collections management of materials from underrepresented and/or historically marginalized groups
  • Ways to reduce biases in cataloging
  • Proven best practices for inclusive library instruction and critical information literacy
  • Next steps in recruiting, retaining, and leading a diverse library workplace

Please submit your proposal by September 29, 2020. Tell us your story and share what attendees can expect to learn from your presentation. Amigos staff will provide all the training for our platform and full technical support during your presentation. All sessions are 45 minutes with time for questions and answers.

For more information about this conference, contact Jodie Borgerding, borgerding@amigos.org or (972) 340-2897.

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Jodie Borgerding
Continuing Education Services Manager
MOLIB2GO Coordinator
Amigos Library Services
1190 Meramec Station Road, Suite 207
Ballwin, MO  63021
(972) 340-2897
http://www.amigos.org
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CFP: Virtual National Humanities Conference

We are looking forward to seeing colleagues from near and far at the 2020 Virtual National Humanities Conference on Friday, November 6; Tuesday, November 10; Thursday, November 12; and Friday, November 13.

As we work to finalize the schedule (more details coming soon!), we are pleased to announce two opportunities to participate in the conference:

  1. Propose a Late-Breaking Session: A lot can change in a few months, especially in 2020. Do you have an idea for a session that addresses the challenges and opportunities presented since the initial call for proposals closed in February? Propose a late-breaking session here.
  2. Propose a facilitated conversation topic on humanities work in this unprecedented year, including topics you’d like to discuss right after the 2020 election. These facilitated conversations will take place from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm EST on Friday, November 6. Please email Kassie Wahlstrom (kwahlstrom@nhalliance.org) with your topic of choice.

We will notify you about whether your late-breaking session or facilitated conversation topic has been accepted by October 1st.

We look forward to sharing a complete schedule along with registration information in the coming weeks. For now, please take a look at our schedule at a glance to help you plan for the conference days.

Please note: All times are listed in ET. Programming will take place in the afternoon and evening to accommodate as many U.S. time zones as possible.

More information coming soon!

National Humanities Alliance
http://www.nhalliance.org/

SAA Research Forum Recordings Available

The recordings of the Research Forum sessions are now online here: https://www.pathlms.com/saa/events/1994/event_sections/11947

People who registered for the conference have immediate access to the recordings.

For people who were not registered, the all-access recordings package is available to purchase through the conference registration page: https://www2.archivists.org/am2020/attend/Conference-Registration

Many thanks to the presenters and attendees for making the first virtual Research Forum a success!

Kate Neptune and Rebecca Thayer
Research Forum (RF) Coordinators, on behalf of the RF Program Committee

CFP: 9th International Summit of the Book 2020 & WBIMLC 2020 December 9th-11th Bihać, Bosnia & Herzegovina & Online

The 9th International Summit of the Book 2020 welcome papers on any of the topics listed here

WBIMLC 2020 welcome papers on any of the topics listed here 

Papers for both the International Summit of the Book and WBIMLC should be prepared using the WBIMLC template available here and submitted electronically to this email address  wbimlc2019@wbimlc.org

After the second cycle of Peer-Review, selected papers will be published in the International Summit of the Book and the WBIMLC Proceedings Book and in the Peer Reviewed Education for Information (indexed by SCOPUS) ISSN print: 0167-8329; ISSN online: 1875-8649.

Paper Submission: Submissions in any of the following forms are accepted:

  • Full paper to be published in conference proceedings
  • Presentation
  • Round table discussion
  • Poster session
  • Workshops
  • Symposia
  • PechaKucha

Instructions for authors/download: Papers should be written in English, prepared using the WBIMLC template, and submitted electronically to this email address wbimlc2019@wbimlc.org. After the second cycle of peer-review, selected papers will be published in the WBIMLC2020 Proceedings and in the peer-reviewed journal “Education for Information” (indexed by SCOPUS: ISSN print: 0167-8329; ISSN online: 1875-8649). Registration Fees: €300 Early Bird available up to 30th September 2020 (Request invoice) €350 Full fees after 30th September 2020 (Request Invoice) €400 Payment on Arrival The registration fee includes the following:

  • Preparation of the Proceedings
  • Promotional materials
  • Welcome drink
  • Refreshments during the conference
  • Galla Dinner

Important Dates:

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: 16th October 2020
  • Notification of Acceptance/Rejection:  28th October 2020
  • Full Paper Submission Deadline 11th November 2020
  • Dissemination of Final Programme by 30th November 2020
  • Conference dates: 9th-11th December 2020
  • Abstracts and Papers are to be sent to: wbimlc2019@wbimlc.org

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

CFP: Cultural Heritage Institutions in Popular Culture

42nd Annual Conference, Week of February 22-27, 2021
http://www.southwestpca.org
Submissions Open September 1, 2020
Submission Deadline: November 13, 2020

For the 2021 Conference, SWPACA is going virtual! Due to concerns regarding COVID-19, we will be holding our annual conference completely online this year. We hope you will join us for exciting papers, discussions, and the experience you’ve come to expect from Southwest.

Proposals for papers and panels are now being accepted for the 42nd annual SWPACA conference. One of the nation’s largest interdisciplinary academic conferences, SWPACA offers nearly 70 subject areas, each typically featuring multiple panels. For a full list of subject areas, area descriptions, and Area Chairs, please visit http://southwestpca.org/conference/call-for-papers/

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

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

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

We encourage proposals for panels and roundtables organized around common themes.

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

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

Individual proposals for 15-minute papers must include an abstract of approximately 200-500 words. For information on how to submit a proposal for a roundtable or a multi-paper panel, please view the above FAQs and Tips page.  

SWPACA will offer registration reimbursement awards for the best graduate student papers in a variety of categories. Submissions of accepted, full papers are due January 1, 2021. SWPACA will also offer registration reimbursement awards for select undergraduate and graduate students in place of our traditional travel awards. For more information, visit http://southwestpca.org/conference/graduate-student-awards/. Registration for the conference will be open and available in late fall. Watch your email for details!

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

If you have any questions about the Cultural Heritage Institutions in Popular Culture area, please contact its Area Chair, Dr. Suzanne Stauffer stauffer@lsu.edu

We look forward to receiving your submissions!
Suzanne M. Stauffer, PhD
Professor
School of Library and Information Science
Louisiana State University
270 Coates Hall, Baton Rouge, LA  70803
office 225-578-1461 | fax 225-578-4581
stauffer@lsu.edu | http://www.lsu.edu/chse/slis/

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CFP: Popular Culture Association Libraries, Archives, & Museums Area

LIBRARIES, ARCHIVES, AND MUSEUMS AREA

The Popular Culture Association annual conference will be held June 2-5, 2021, at the Boston Marriott Copley Place, Boston, Massachusetts.  

The Libraries, Archives, and Museums area is soliciting papers dealing with any aspect of Popular Culture as it pertains to libraries, archives, museums, or research. Possible topics include:

  • Descriptions of research collections or exhibits
  • Studies of popular images of libraries, librarians, archives, or museums
  • Analyses of social networking or web resources
  • Popular Culture in library education/information literacy
  • The future of libraries and librarians
  • Developments in technical services for collecting/ preserving Popular Culture materials

Papers from graduate students are welcome

The deadline for submitting a proposal is November 16, 2020

To submit a proposal, go to https://pcaaca.org/conference/submitting-paper-proposal-pca-conference.

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Please direct any questions to either co-chair for Libraries, Archives, and Museums, and Popular Culture:

Allen Ellis

Professor of Library Services

W. Frank Steely Library

Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights, KY  41099-6101

859-572-5527

ellisa@nku.edu

Casey Hoeve
Associate Professor, Head of Content & Collections

Love Library

University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Lincoln, NE 68588-4100

402-472-2526

achoeve@unl.edu 


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CFP: Popular Culture Association Libraries, Archives, & Museums Area

LIBRARIES, ARCHIVES, AND MUSEUMS AREA

The Popular Culture Association annual conference will be held June 2-5, 2021, at the Boston Marriott Copley Place, Boston, Massachusetts.

The Libraries, Archives, and Museums area is soliciting papers dealing with any aspect of Popular Culture as it pertains to libraries, archives, museums, or research. Possible topics include:

  • Descriptions of research collections or exhibits
  • Studies of popular images of libraries, librarians, archives, or museums
  • Analyses of social networking or web resources
  • Popular Culture in library education/information literacy
  • The future of libraries and librarians
  • Developments in technical services for collecting/ preserving Popular Culture materials

Papers from graduate students are welcome

The deadline for submitting a proposal is November 16, 2020

To submit a proposal, go to https://pcaaca.org/conference/submitting-paper-proposal-pca-conference.

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Please direct any questions to either co-chair for Libraries, Archives, and Museums, and Popular Culture:

Allen Ellis
Professor of Library Services
W. Frank Steely Library
Northern Kentucky University
Highland Heights, KY  41099-6101
859-572-5527
ellisa@nku.edu

Casey Hoeve
Associate Professor, Head of Content & Collections
Love Library
University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588-4100
402-472-2526
achoeve@unl.edu

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