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(via Cynthia Romanowski, Governors State University)

The ACRL Technical Services Interest Group invites presentation proposals for its ALA Annual Conference in Chicago on Sunday, June 28, from 4:00 to 5:00 PM.

The ACRL Technical Services Interest Group seeks speakers to submit proposals for short (15-20 minutes) presentations.  The charge of the Interest Group is “To provide a broad framework for information exchange on current developments and activities related to technical services including, but not limited to, collection development, collection management, acquisitions, metadata services and resource discovery and delivery in academic libraries; To develop programs and foster and sponsor education and training opportunities that contribute to and enhance an understanding of acquisitions, metadata services and resource discovery and delivery in academic libraries; To better connect technical services librarians with ACRL and to enhance technical services.”.

We would particularly like to hear from prospective presenters who wish to share their experiences with various issues regarding current developments and activities within the context of Academic Libraries’ Technical Services.

Please complete the online form by Friday, April 3We will select and notify presenters by Friday, April 10.

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(via Lorelei Rutledge, University of Utah)

The ALA LLAMA (Library Leadership & Management Association) Mentoring Committee is recruiting for both mentors and mentees for our July 2020-June 2021 year. The LLAMA Mentoring Program pairs librarians who are currently in leadership positions with librarians who are interested in becoming leaders. This year, in the spirit of increased collaboration between LLAMA, ALCTS, and LITA, members of all three divisions are eligible to participate.

For mentors, it is a chance to pass on your experience and knowledge by working one-on-one with an enthusiastic colleague who is ready to learn and benefit from your experience.

For mentees, it is a great opportunity to learn from an accomplished leader how to:

  • Explore your leadership potential;
  • Demonstrate leadership in your current position;
  • Acquire the skills, attitudes, and relationships that you will need to move into leadership roles.

Participants must be ALA members and members of ALCTS, LITA, or LLAMA at the start of the program, and must either attend the Mentor/Mentee orientation at ALA Annual or be able to participate in a virtual orientation at a time to be determined.

The deadline to apply to become a mentor or a mentee is Friday, February 28,.

To apply to become a mentor, go here. To apply to become a mentee, go here.

For more information about the LLAMA Mentoring program, contact Mentoring Committee Chair Mary Moser, at Mary.Moser@umb.edu, or Lorelei Rutledge, at Lorelei.Rutledge@utah.edu.

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(via Penny Scott, University of San Francisco)

Call for Proposals

The Business Reference in Academic Libraries Committee of ALA’s BRASS (Business Reference and Services Section) seeks proposals for engaging presentations to be part of an online symposium via Zoom on Friday, April 24. Proposals may be submitted by anyone, but priority consideration will be given to proposals from BRASS members. Proposals should describe a 45-minute session (30 minutes for presentation with 15 minutes for facilitated discussion and/or question-and-answer) that relates to some aspect of business librarianship in an academic library setting. We seek proposals that will be interactive and provide practical takeaways for participants.

Proposal Components

Title (50 words or less): Interesting and descriptive
Abstract (250 words or less): Summary of your presentation
Session outcomes (2-3): Describe what participants will learn during your session that they can apply at their library or in their role as a business librarian
Long Description: Describe how you will engage participants in an online session and make your presentation interactive. Detail the practical components of your presentation — what will you teach attendees that will enrich their professional practice? What materials will you share (LibGuides, Lesson Plans, etc) with attendees that can be used as a reference or model?
Suggested topics should fall under the broad heading of interdisciplinary collaborations, and should include, but are not limited to:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Data literacy and/or data visualization
  • The business information literacy one-shot
  • Creating effective online instruction for business information literacy
  • Building liaison relationships/instruction programs with difficult-to-reach departments (which may include: accounting, finance, human resources management, and business technology)
  • Developing business programming at your library
  • Advocating for new resources or program funding

The call for proposals will close on Friday, March 6. Please click here to submit proposals.

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(via Chapel Cowden, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga)

The call has been extended for our POSTER Session at ALA Annual in Chicago, IL. All submissions are due by 10:59 PM CDT on Thursday, January 30. The Poster Session will be held on Sunday, June 28, 2020. You DO NOT need to be a member of STS to submit a proposal.

Submissions Posters should cover research endeavors or practitioner projects that enhance science and technology librarianship.  Proposals should provide useful and practical findings, and describe opportunities for discussion with participants. Your submission should include:

  • brief background information about your project,
  • the research question or problem that drove your project,
  • the methods used,
  • your findings and a brief discussion that includes the impact of your project.

Your proposal should total no more than 250 words. Because this is a blind review process, be sure to include your name, institution, phone, and email addresses of all participants (not part of word count) separate from your abstract (the form has separate fields for these items).

Please submit your proposal via this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSccY52WdFBD6gbQq-QBNp-3gzOFa1t36b6BxVfOfpIgzJaAKA/viewform?usp=sf_link

Acceptance of proposals reflects a commitment by the author(s) to present at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL. Travel support from STS is not available. Specific logistical details will follow upon acceptance.  If you have any questions, please ask the STS Research Committee co-chairs:

Chapel Cowden, chapel-cowden@utc.edu

Rachel Hamelers, rachelhamelers@muhlenberg.edu

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(via RAILS)

ALA invites library workers to apply for a new annual grant to support innovative and meaningful community engagement efforts in libraries. The Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant will provide $2,000 for a school, public, academic, tribal, or special library to expand its community engagement efforts. Libraries are invited to apply by designing and outlining activities for a library-led community engagement project.

Project activities to be covered by the grant may include developing community engagement programs and services; partnering with a community agency that builds the capacity of the community to address an important concern/issue, or creating a program or event that connects the library to a community-identified aspiration or concern.

Applications will be accepted through February 3. View the full award guidelines and apply online.

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(via Melissa Harden, University of Notre Dame)

Is there an instruction issue you wish more folks were talking about?

The Instruction Section (IS) Current Issues Virtual Discussion Forum is an opportunity for library workers to explore and discuss pressing topics related to library instruction and information literacy. The IS Discussion Group Steering Committee welcomes topic proposals from individuals who are interested in facilitating the discussion. We strongly encourage proposals that promote participant reflection and discussion.

Proposals will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • clarity of focus
  • how well the topic lends itself to meaningful discussion
  • observed significance of the proposed issue for library workers and learners

The Discussion Group Steering Committee will support the selected facilitator by issuing a second call for panelists in addition to hosting and publicizing the forum.

Application Deadline: Thursday, February 27, 2020, 11:59 PM EDT

To submit a proposal, please use the online submission form, https://forms.gle/KHHSmWX6dvt3dNeu6.

Applicants will be notified by March 31, 2020.

To see examples of past discussion topics, view the digests of past discussions online (https://acrl.ala.org/IS/is-committees-2/committees-task-forces/discussion-group-steering/all-current-issue-discussion-digests/).

Questions?

Contact the ACRL IS Discussion Group Steering Committee Chair, Melissa Harden (mharden@nd.edu) or Vice-Chair, Kristy Nowak (kristy.nowak@colostate.edu).

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(via Dr. Amanda Folk, The Ohio State University)

The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) is accepting paper submissions for the LRRT Research Forum at the 2020 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago, IL. The LRRT Research Forum will feature 15-minute presentations of library and information science (LIS) research followed by discussion. Proposals are due Friday, January 17.  Notification of acceptance will be made in mid-February 2020.

Description of the Session

This session will present three peer-reviewed papers describing research with the potential to make significant contributions to the field of library and information science (LIS). The three papers will be selected as examples of research excellence, with a focus on work exemplifying strong use of theory, clear and well-organized research design, and appropriate data gathering and analysis methods.

Submissions emphasizing the problems, theories, methodologies, or significance of research findings for LIS are welcome. Topics can include information access, user behavior, electronic services, service effectiveness, emerging technologies, organizational structure, and personnel. All researchers, including practitioners from all types of libraries and other organizations, LIS faculty, graduate students, and other interested individuals are encouraged to submit proposals. Both members and nonmembers of LRRT are welcome.

The selection committee will use a blind review process to select three papers. Authors will be required to present their papers in person at the forum and to register for the conference. Criteria for selection include:

  • Significance of the research problem to LIS research and practice
  • Quality and creativity of the methodology/methods/research design
  • Clarity of the connection to existing LIS research

Please note that research accepted for publication by January 31, 2020 cannot be considered.

Each submission must consist of no more than two pages. On the first page, list the author names, titles, institutional affiliations, and contact information, including mailing addresses and email addresses.

The second page must NOT show your name or any personally identifying information. Instead, it must include:

  • The paper title
  • A 500-word abstract of the research project, including: 1) a problem statement and significance, 2) project objectives, 3) methods/methodology, and 4) conclusions (or tentative conclusions for work in progress)
  • A brief statement saying if the research is complete or ongoing and listing the project beginning and end dates.

Send submissions via e-mail to Audrey Church, churchap@longwood.edu, with the subject line: LRRT Research Forum Proposal

Posted in American Library Association (ALA), Calls and Requests, Conferences and Meetings (non-HSLI), Library Organizations | No Comments »

(via Tony Melvyn, OCLC)

Plan to join your OCLC resource sharing colleagues for updates on WorldShare Interlibrary Loan, Tipasa, ILLiad, and Relais. We’ll also have time for discussions of timely ILL topics.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

4:00 – 5:30 PM, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 103-C

Register here.

Also, you are invited to join our other OCLC programs and events at ALA Midwinter as we connect conversations across our community. Our key events-all taking place in the Pennsylvania Convention Center-include:

  • Hot Topics in OCLC booth 1541 where OCLC experts present for 15-minutes on topics such as EZproxy Analytics, WorldCat quality, OA resources, GreenGlass, and more
  • A linked data roundtable on Saturday, 10:30-11:30 am
  • The popular OCLC Research Update on Monday, 10:30-11:30 am

Please also visit us at OCLC booth 1541 for product demonstrations and answers to your questions.

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(via Meg Galasso, Indiana University Kokomo)

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: 2020 REFERENCE RESEARCH FORUM

DUE FRIDAY, JANUARY 3, 2020

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 26th Annual Reference Research Forum at the 2020 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 around 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 projects for 20-minute presentations, followed by open discussion. Identifying information will not be shared with reviewers until after final selection of projects. Selected submissions must be presented in person at the Forum during ALA Annual in Chicago, IL.

Criteria for selection:

  1.      Originality: Potential for research to fill a gap in reference knowledge or to build on previous studies
  2.      Quality: Research design and methodologies
  3.      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 Friday, January 3, 2020. Notification of acceptance will be made by Monday, February 17th, 2020. 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:

  1.      Title of the project
  2.      Explicit statement of the research problem
  3.      Description of the research design and methodologies
  4.      Findings or results if available
  5.      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 2019-2020 Committee Chair:

Qiana Johnson (q-johnson@northwestern.edu)

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(via Mary Huismann, St. Olaf College)

The annual Nancy B. Olson Award, which OLAC (Online Audiovisual Catalogers, Inc.) sponsors, recognizes and honors a librarian who has made significant contributions to the advancement and understanding of audiovisual cataloging.

Nominees shall have made contributions to audiovisual cataloging by:

  • Furthering the goals of standardization of AV and/or electronic resource cataloging, including MARC coding and tagging;
  • Interpreting AV and/or electronic resource cataloging rules and developing policies on organization for these materials on the national and/or international levels;
  • Promoting the understanding of AV and/or electronic
  • resource cataloging, coding, and data exchange for professionals unfamiliar with these materials and processes.

Nominees may be OLAC members, but OLAC membership is not required. The nomination must be accompanied by a statement that provides supporting evidence for the nominee’s qualifications. The nominations and statement(s) must be dated no later than December 31, 2019.

The winner will be selected at ALA Midwinter 2020. The award will be presented at ALA Annual 2020.

Please send nominations and any supporting documentation to:

Mary Huismann

OLAC Past President

Nancy B. Olson Awards Committee Chair

Mary Huismann

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