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(via Laura Sare, Texas A&M University)

The editors of the open-access journal DttP: Documents to the People are soliciting submissions for upcoming issues. We are interested in publishing articles on government information and government activities at the local, state, national, and international or intergovernmental levels.

We are especially interested in articles regarding government and current events. The following are examples of potential topics.

  • open data and the sharing of data, including public data, particularly COVID-19 and health care data and census data
  • government/civic efforts and policies on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on government services and funding
  • data and evidence-based policy-making
  • elections, voting laws and procedures

Submissions can be formatted as research articles, case studies, or informational articles; or as multiple author discussions of a topic and are editorially reviewed. The editors are open to other formats as long as they fit the scope of DttP, which focuses on government information and its use.

For more information, consult DttP’s Guidelines and Instructions for Authors. Any questions can be directed to Lead Editor Laura Sare, at dttp.editor@gmail.com. DttP is the official journal of ALA’s Government Documents Roundtable (GODORT).

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(via Emily Bergman)

The American Library Association and the jury for the Beta Phi Mu encourage you to submit nominations for someone who deserves to be known for their work in education for librarianship. The award consists of $1,000 and a 24k gold-framed citation of achievement.  This annual award is for a library school faculty member or an individual. Self-nominations are welcome. To submit your nomination, you’ll need a statement indicating this nominee’s distinguished contributions to education, indicating why the candidate is worthy of the Beta Phi Mu Award. Supporting evidence or testimonials are also welcome.

More details are available here. The deadline is Monday, February 1.

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(via Qiana Johnson, Northwestern University)

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:
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 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:
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 semicolons 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.

Submissions and questions about the Forum should be directed to the 2020-2021 committee chair:
Qiana Johnson (q-johnson@northwestern.edu).

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

(via RAILS)

Registration is open for ALA Midwinter Virtual. Current ALA Student Members are invited to register at no cost. ALA Members who have recently been furloughed, laid off, or are experiencing a reduction of paid work hours are invited to register at no cost. Registration closes on Friday, January 15, 2021.

The conference will take place on January 22-26 (Friday-Tuesday). The featured speaker is actor and author Ethan Hawke. Visit the Midwinter webpage for session details and more.

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(via Jennifer Sharkey, Illinois State University)

Registration is now open for the upcoming ALA Virtual Council Meeting on Forward Together. The event will take place on Thursday, December 3, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM CDT. The Forward Together Working Group will provide an update on its initiatives, which include the information feedback sessions the Group has been hosting every other Friday on the different areas of the SCOE Recommendations.

ALA members are welcome to attend the Virtual Council Meeting as observers. Meeting information, including the link to registration, is below. Check here for additional information, such as the agenda and background documents, as it becomes available.

Virtual Council Meeting – Thursday, December 3
Topic: Forward Together Update
Date: Thursday, December 3
Time: 2:00-4:00 PM CDT
Register here

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(via Qiana Johnson, Northwestern University)

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).

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(via the American Library Association)

The American Library Association (ALA) is inviting all library users to nominate their favorite librarians for the prestigious I Love My Librarian Award. The national award recognizes the outstanding public service contributions of librarians working in public, school, college, community college or university libraries. Nominations are accepted here, now through Monday, November 9, 2020. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, librarians have gone above and beyond to continue serving their communities, from offering digital programs and materials to providing hunger relief and much-needed Wi-Fi access. Nominees are encouraged to reflect on how their librarians’ creativity, passion and expertise have made an impact during these unprecedented times.

Ten librarians will each receive $5,000 in recognition of their outstanding achievements. Awardees will be honored at the virtual I Love My Librarian Award ceremony on Jan. 23, 2021, which will take place during ALA’s Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits; winners will also receive free full conference registration as part of their award packages. Since the award was established in 2008, library users nationwide have submitted more than 20,000 nominations detailing how librarians transformed their communities’ inclusivity, digital access and literacy. Over the last decade, only 120 librarians have received this distinguished honor. Last year’s winners included a school librarian who helps rural students discover new worlds through virtual reality technology, an academic librarian who leads a first-of-its-kind book club for adults with intellectual disabilities and a public librarian who created an innovative resource center for refugees and immigrants.

To be eligible for the award, each nominee must hold a master’s degree in library and information studies from a program accredited by the ALA or a master’s degree with a specialty in school library media from an educational program accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Each nominee must be currently working as a librarian, or have been employed as a librarian on March 1, 2020, at a qualifying institution in the United States: public library, library at an accredited two- or four-year college or university or library at an accredited K-12 school.

To view the full announcement, please go here.

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(via ACRL)

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) invites its committees, sections, interest groups, and individual members to consider submitting program proposals for the 2021 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. Program proposals will be submitted via a centralized submission site for all ALA Divisions, RoundTables, Committees, and Offices. ACRL members must choose “ACRL” on the first screen of the submission form in order to have the program included in the ACRL pool of programs to be reviewed.

Program proposals for the 2021 ALA Annual Conference are due Wednesday, September 30, 2020. The ACRL Professional Development Committee will review proposal and select 2021 Annual Conference programs, with notifications issued in December, 2020. More details about the Annual Conference program process, including the proposal form, are on the ACRL website. Contact ACRL Manager of Professional Development Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org with questions concerning the program proposal process.

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(via the American Library Association)

In times of uncertainty, connection and conversation are more important than ever. This is what inspired the ALA Executive Board to launch a series of monthly conversations with you, our membership community. Initially a focus of President-Elect Julius C. Jefferson, Jr. to connect with members, ALA Connect Live is an opportunity to bring the ALA family and library community together to discuss our issues and challenges. These town hall-inspired conversations allow for an open dialogue with the Executive Board and with your fellow library professionals. Membership in ALA is not required to participate.

Join us for our August event.

What: ALA Connect Live: Reopening

Join President Julius C. Jefferson, Jr for the August ALA Connect Live program focused on reopening and recovery initiatives within libraries. With the academic school year kicking off, let’s gather to discuss how libraries are approaching reopening during the coronavirus. Connect with fellow librarians and leaders within our community to discuss how to approach and tackle the difficult questions that the new school year brings. Please submit your questions in advance here. Questions may cover any topic of interest to you, including your library’s reopening plans.

When: Thursday August 27, 1:00 PM CDT

Where: Zoom – After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar and an option to add the webinar to your calendar.

To register, please go here.

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(via Amber Hayes, American Library Association)

Intersections, ODLOS’ blog, is seeking blog posts from library workers and students on the following topics:

  • How you practice self-care in 2020 and/or any recommendations you have for those feeling overwhelmed.
  • Any anti-racism work your institution is doing.

Interested in writing for Intersections but on a different topic? We are also looking for bloggers to write about topics surrounding equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI).

Bloggers may submit interest here by Friday, August 7. First drafts will be due Friday, August 28.

If you are interested in any of the above writing opportunities, you can learn more about Intersections by visiting the blog here. The general criteria are listed below.

  • Articles are typically 350-600 words
  • Include 2-3 high-quality images
  • Content must be original (i.e. article is not published elsewhere)

Please feel free to share with any groups you think may be interested.

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