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Call for Papers: ILDS 2017 Conference

(via Seangill Peter Bae, Princeton University)

The IFLA Document Delivery and Resource Sharing Section Standing Committee invites papers for the 15th Interlending & Document Supply Conference, to be held October 4-6, 2017, in Paris, hosted by The Centre technique du livre de l’enseignement suprieur (CTLes), which is an operator for the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research.

This year, the theme is “No Library Left Behind: Cross-Border Resource Sharing”. The organizers aim at studying international resource sharing, its barriers, problems and also success stories. Come to Paris to hear how our institutions whether public, academic, special or national libraries, can improve the system and provide guidance and support to their users.

The conference will be held in Grand amphithtre de la Bibliothque universitaire des langues et civilisations (Bulac). 65 rue des Grands Moulins – 75013 PARIS

A detailed “Call for Papers” is available here, and the conference website is here.

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Registration Open for SUNYLA Midwinter Online Conference

(via Bill Jones, SUNY Geneseo)

SUNYLA Midwinter Online Conference 2017

Library Hacks:  Reuse, Repurpose, and Remix

Friday, February 10, 2017 (10:00 AM – 2:30 PM)

Cost of Attendance: Free to all!

Registration is open!  Register here.

Librarians are some of the most creative people around, making things happen in times of shrinking budgets, limited staff, and constant deadlines.  We’re also experts at sharing ideas and modifying them to work better at our locations.  The SUNYLA Midwinter Online Conference planning committee is tapping into the librarian hive mind to share presentations on reusing, repurposing, and remixing existing tools, patron services, instructional practices, communication methods, and use of library space.

Presentations will be 15-20 minutes in length, and will include a demonstration of a library hack, what the presenter has learned that other librarians should know, and any positive/negative feedback that the presenter received about the hack.

Technology requirements for attendance:  Computer, internet connection, microphone/speakers (headset recommended) or telephone.  Zoom will be used for this conference and is free for use by attendees.

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RUSA Seeking Feedback on Disaster Guidelines for Resource-Sharing

(via Margaret Ellingson, Emory University)

The ALA RUSA STARS Codes, Guidelines and Technical Standards Committee ( has begun the required 7-year review of the Guidelines for Resource-Sharing Response to Natural and Man-made Disasters ( We  are seeking input from the resource-sharing community as part of the review process.

Please look over the current guidelines and email Margaret Ellingson, Committee Chair, at, if you have comments or questions to share with the committee.  We’d appreciate receiving your comments/questions by mid-February.

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ALCTS Launching New Mentoring Program

(via the American Library Association)

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is pleased to announce the launch of a new mentoring program for its members.

The ALCTS Mentoring Program facilitates and encourages professional development of ALCTS members at any stage in their career and in any of the areas related to our work. The program aims to develop strong leadership in areas of librarianship covered by ALCTS; support members in developing their professional skills; cultivate leadership and involvement in ALCTS; provide networking opportunities, and expand members’ professional learning circles.

Applications are now being accepted for the first cohort of mentors and mentees. The application deadline Mar. 17, 2017, with the mentor and mentee pairing process to be completed by May 12, 2017. The actual mentoring program for the first cohort will begin Jun. 1, 2017 and end Apr. 30, 2018.

The development of the ALCTS Mentoring Program started with an American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leader project in 2015. This team project resulted in a poster session and accompanying document, “Developing a Mentoring Program for 21st Century Librarians,” that were presented at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition in San Francisco. Further work was done on a program proposal by the ALCTS New Members Interest Group, including holding an online chat session for member feedback in October 2015. In July 2016, final development of the mentoring program was assigned to the ALCTS Mentoring Subcommittee of the ALCTS Leadership Development Committee.

Additional information about the ALCTS Mentoring Program will be forthcoming. If you have any questions about the application process or the program, please contact Regina Gong, chair of the ALCTS Mentoring Subcommittee.

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is the national association for information providers who work in collections and technical services, such as acquisitions, cataloging, collection development, preservation and continuing resources in digital and print formats. ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

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(via Gwen Gregory, IACRL Past President)

ACRL announces the recipients of the 2017 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award – Miami Dade College – Learning Resources, Miami, Florida; Columbia College Chicago Library, Chicago, Illinois; and Santa Clara University Library, Santa Clara, California. Sponsored by ACRL and GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO, the award recognizes the staff of a college, university, and community college library for programs that deliver exemplary services and resources to further the educational mission of the institution.

The Columbia College Chicago Library, winner of this year’s award in the college category, was chosen for its creative ways of engaging with the campus community.

“Columbia College Chicago Library is a very different kind of college library,” noted Williams. “It is reflective of student culture, and creativity, experimentation, and innovative thinking are paramount. Some of the recent highlights include the Sketchbook Project, the Little Indie Press Festival, the Library Gaming Society, Edible Books, Flying Books, and Frankentoys.”

“We also appreciated that all of their programming encourages conversation and interaction among its diverse, vibrant population,” Williams added. “It is a creative and intellectual center for students, faculty, and the broader community alike.”

“I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to learn of this award honoring our innovative and dedicated staff members’ good work and the support of our college,” said Jan Chindlund, library dean at Columbia College Chicago. “Our work has evolved over the years; we stand on the shoulders of all who have worked here before to create services, develop collections, engage with our community, and maximize resources. Thank you for this recognition.”

Each winning library will receive $3,000 and a plaque, to be presented at an award ceremony held on each recipient’s campus.

Additional information on the award, along with a list of past winners, is available on the ACRL website.

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ALA Annual Conference Poster Session Proposals Due February 3

(via Gwen Gregory, IACRL Past President)

Share your best ideas and work with the national library community by presenting a poster session at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago!

The poster session committee encourages submissions from all types of libraries and on any topic relevant to librarianship. Submissions may include a description of an innovative library program; an analysis of a solution to a problem; a report of a research study; or any other presentation that would benefit the larger library community.

Poster session participants place materials such as pictures, data, graphs, diagrams and narrative text on boards that are usually 4 x 8 feet. During their assigned 1½ hour time periods, participants informally discuss their presentations with conference attendees. Titles/abstracts from previous years are available on ALA Connect: (note that this site is only serving as an archive for previous Annual Conference poster sessions – for information on this year’s poster session, go to the 2017 ALA poster session website).

The deadline for submitting an application is February 3, 2017. Applicants will be notified in the first half of March, after a double blind peer review process, whether their submission has been accepted for presentation at the conference. The 2017 ALA Annual Poster Sessions will be held June 24 and 25, 2017 in the exhibits hall.

Start the application process now.  You must login to the site using your ALA username and password, or you can create a username and password for the site before you submit your application.

Questions about poster session presentations and submissions may be directed to:

Blake Doherty, chair of the ALA poster session committee,


Candace Benefiel, chair of the ALA poster session review panel,


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Proposals for Beta Phi Mu/LRRT Research Paper Award Due March 17

(via Gwen Gregory, IACRL Past President)

Beta Phi Mu/LRRT Research Paper Award for 2017

This award is being jointly presented by the Beta Phi Mu International Honor Society and the American Library Association’s Library Research Round Table to recognize excellent research in progress into problems related to the profession of librarianship. Any ALA member is eligible for this $500 award, and all methodologies and research topics/questions are eligible for consideration.

The criteria to be followed for the selection of an award winner are:

  • Importance of the research question or problem (20 points)
  • Adequacy of the review of relevant literature (10 points)
  • Appropriateness of the methodology used (10 points)
  • Effectiveness of the application of the methodology (20 points)
  • Addition of the findings to the knowledge and/or praxis in the field of librarianship (20 points)
  • Articulation of the conclusions emanating from the study (10 points)
  • Clarity and completeness (10 points)

The deadline for submission is January 31, 2017Submissions must not have been published prior to January 31, 2017. The submissions will be limited to a 2,000-word abstract, excluding the bibliography or reference list, and should be emailed to the contact person below. Please include a title page with title of proposal and author contact information including name, institutional affiliation, mailing address and email address. Individuals may submit only one paper. Jointly authored proposals are acceptable, but all authors must be ALA members, and will split the award of $500.

All submissions that meet the deadline and the criteria will be considered. The proposals will undergo a blind-review process by a joint BPM/LRRT award committee.

The award will be presented during one of LRRT’s research programs at the ALA Annual Conference, Chicago, IL: June 22-27, 2017.

Email submissions by January 31, 2017 to:

Susan Rathbun-Grubb, Award Committee Chair –

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Reminder: Deadline for ILA 2017 Program Proposals is March 24

(via Carolyn Ciesla, IACRL Vice-President/President-Elect)

I know the spring semester “just” started, but it’s almost time to submit your program proposal to ILA for this year’s conference. Details are below–IACRL encourages you and your colleagues to represent our stellar group of Illinois academic librarians!

The theme of the Illinois Library Association’s 2017 Annual Conference is “Rise Up!”. The conference will be held October 10-12, at the Tinley Park Convention Center.

Proposals are due Friday, March 24. The call and submission link can be found here.

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NN/LM – GMR Seeking Site Sponsors for MLA Webinars

(via Molly Olmstead, National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region)

For each of three upcoming Medical Library Association webinars, the GMR will sponsor the registration cost for up to two sites per state in the Region. Since a limited number of sites can be sponsored, please work with your state and local health science librarian groups to identify centralized locations. Applications will be accepted starting Tuesday, January 17. First consideration will be given to those applications received before Friday, January 27.

The following webinars are available for sponsorship in the Spring Quarter of 2017.

  • “Flexing Your Powerhouse Librarian Muscles: The Foundations of Effective Project Management”–Tuesday, January 31, 1:00-2:00 PM CST
  • “Searching with Ease: A Guide to Effective and Efficient Searches”–Wednesday, February 8, 1:00-2:00 PM CST
  • “Finding Grey Lit for Systematic Reviews”–Friday, March 22, 1:00-2:00 PM CST

Submission Request

  • Download and/or print a copy of the MLA Webinar application form.
  • Complete the form and sign the bottom of the form.
  • Do not mark any of the boxes related to registration fees.
  • Do not include purchase order or credit card information; no payment is required.
  • Do not send the form to MLA.
  • Fax or email the completed form to:

Molly Olmstead
Administrative Services Coordinator
Fax (319) 353-3752
Email the GMR Office (link sends e-mail)

Application Form

Webinar application

IMPORTANT: With your form, please describe how many attendees you expect to draw at your location and how you plan to promote this webinar to those in your area.

Selection Process

Site selection is based on geographical location, accessibility, and potential number of attendees. Please note that the GMR covers the cost for Site Registration only, not Individual Registration.

Site coordinators will receive one (1) activity point applicable to their Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) MLA membership. Additional point(s) are available for leading wrap-around sessions.

Award Notification

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all funds have been spent. Awardees will be notified once approved, based on funding criteria.

If you have any questions, please contact the GMR Office (link sends e-mail).

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First Issue of Journal of New Librarianship Available

(via, Dr. Dane Ward, Dean of Milner Library, Illinois State University)

On behalf of editors Stephen Weiter and Matthew Kopel and the editorial board, I am pleased and excited to announce the publication of Volume 1, Issue 1, of the Journal of New Librarianship. The Journal is an open-access publication for members of the library and information professions, and it is published via Scholastica. The first issue includes double-blind peer reviewed articles by Meg Henderson from the University of Southern California and Emma Oxford James Madison University; book reviews by Bea Calvert of Loyola University- New Orleans and Carol Waggoner-Angleton of Augusta University; and essays by Dan Vinson of Mount Mary University, Deb Schwartz, CEO, LAC Group, and Emily Drabinski of Long Island University.

Moving forward, the Journal hopes to publish a wide variety of content from a wide variety of librarians from public, special, academic and other libraries, including peer-reviewed articles; essays; opinion pieces; book reviews; and content in a variety of formats, including text, video, and podcasts, among others. Works will be published on a rolling basis. We are accepting submissions now for the second issue, which will include all work published between now and June 30, 2017. Submissions may include, but are not limited to, the following categories: solicited articles, scholarly articles, essays, experience and opinion pieces, media (i.e., podcasts, video, etc.) relevant to innovative practices in librarianship, book reviews, and technology reviews. Other acceptable formats include letters to the editor on topics relevant to the field, data sets, manifestos, extended scholarship (greater than 15,000 words), and interviews. Non-English content is welcome. Translation assistance is available for accepted works.

As this is a diamond-model open-access journal, there are no APCs; submission is free, as it should be. There is also no charge to readers or authors for accessing, or being published in, the Journal of New Librarianship. For additional information, please check here.

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