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(via Ramune Kubilius, Galter Health Sciences Library at Northwestern University)

Assessing Journal Legitimacy. Roles for Librarians and Researchers
Thursday, Mar 14, 2019
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Webinar Details

The Zoom link for the webinar is available here.
Please note – this is for March 14th, 2019. (Register for the recording link further in the e-mail.)

Lilian Hoffecker, MS, PhD, MLS, Research Librarian and Assistant Professor
Lilian Hoffecker is a research librarian at the Strauss Health Sciences Library of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She has been involved with in scholarly communication for over ten years including co-facilitation of an open access fund that allowed her to directly observe some devious and dubious practices in academic publishing. Lilian is the current chair of the MLA Scholarly Communications committee and has a forthcoming co-authored book chapter entitled, “Challenging Library Support of Article Processing Charges,” to be published in Open Praxis, Open Access (ALA Editions).

Wladimir Labeikovsky, PhD, Bioinformationist
Wlad is a bioinformationist at the Strauss Health Sciences Library of the University of Colorado. He’s trained as a biochemist, completing both a PhD and a stint as a postdoctoral researcher in addition to experience as a data scientist/curator before joining the library world in 2017.

Description: The open access movement has unlocked research information that was previously inaccessible to many including patients and community clinicians. Various OA business models have been proposed but the best known is one in which authors are charged an “article processing charge,” or APC, to substitute for the subscription fee traditionally charged to libraries and their readers. But the transition has not been smooth and one consequence, with easy journal software and a market of eager-to-publish academics, was the emergence of a scam publishing industry. These enterprises are only interested in collecting the APC while foregoing many expected services especially proper peer-review, the most important step that adds credibility to any scholarly work.

In this webinar, the presenters will give brief background to the rise of predatory publishing and introduce a checklist that librarians and researchers can use to evaluate the legitimacy of a journal. Lists of “safe” or “unsafe” journals may be easy to consult but in doing so the author depends on the criteria of the list-maker, while the checklist from this presentation provides the tools but leaves the decisions to the author.

Learning Outcomes:

*       Understand the background to the rise of dubious publishers

*       Understand how to assess journals and publishers for legitimacy

*       Understand email marketing ploys used to hook customers

*       Understand that authors have different levels of risk assessment in selecting new or unfamiliar journals

*       Understand how to collaborate with authors in assessing risks and legitimacy
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(via Nina Exner, Virginia Commonwealth University)

Registration is now open for Empirical Librarians 2019 at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. Empirical Librarians is a small conference focused on librarians doing research and librarians supporting original research. Empirical Librarians provides a great venue for learning, networking, and discussion about the many ways that research and librarianship thrive together.

*Registration Link:*

Registration fee is $45, which includes continental breakfast and snacks both days and lunch on the first day.

This year’s joint keynote speakers will be Kris Brancolini and Marie Kennedy of Loyola Marymount University Library. Kris and Marie are founders of the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (

The dates at March 7-8, 2019. Please read more about the conference here:

The full schedule of sessions and abstracts will be posted to the website shortly. In the meantime, please make your travel arrangements. We look forward to seeing you in Richmond!

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(via Chris Bombaro, Dickinson College)

There is still plenty of time to submit proposals for a forthcoming ALA publication, Diversity and Inclusion in Action: Case Studies for Academic Libraries.

This collection will describe the innovative work of academic librarians who have implemented initiatives that have helped their organizations understand and address issues surrounding diversity, equity, and inclusivity.  Proposals should describe intentionally considered programs with clear goals, demonstrable outcomes, and transferable strategies.  Examples of chapters being sought include examples of librarians engaging in outreach or facilitating inclusive conversations, creating diverse collections, and workforce diversity; however all original ideas will be considered.

More information and a submission form can be found at:

Submissions must be received by Friday, February 15, 2019 for full consideration.

For questions, please contact Christine Bombaro at Dickinson College:


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(via Dr. Tim Schlak, Robert Morris University)

We are seeking contributions for a new book on The Social Future of Academic Libraries building on our panel session at ACRL 2017 viewing libraries through the lens of intellectual and social capital.

Our point of departure is the current focus in college and university libraries on engagement, partnerships, community development, and social relations. The social turn in academic librarianship requires new ways of working and new ways of thinking about the resources, services, and capabilities of the library and information workforce. Intellectual capital perspectives and social network theory can help librarians understand the demands of the current environment and develop effective responses for their communities.

The book is co-edited by Tim Schlak, Sheila Corrall, and Paul Bracke, and will be published by Facet Publishing. It will have three parts:

Part 1 will introduce the relevant theoretical, conceptual, and methodological frameworks;

Part 2 will explore the application of intellectual capital and social network theory to libraries as social organizations, and show how they can use the models and tools presented to evaluate and strengthen strategy, collaborations, leadership, and other aspects of library performance;

Part 3 will focus on implications for library policy and practice, professional education, and research.

Parts 1 and 3 will primarily be authored by the editors. The focus of our call for proposals is on Part 2. We are particularly interested in receiving proposals for chapters that discuss and illustrate the practical application of intellectual and social capital theory and concepts, including social network analysis, to issues currently facing academic libraries and librarians. The target length for contributed chapters is around 5,000 words (excluding references).

Potential areas of application include, but are not limited to:

·  strategic planning 

·  space design

·  scholarly communication

·  information behavior

·  learner support 

·  library instruction 

·  academic liaison

·  partnership formation

·  relationship management

·  community outreach

·  organization development

·  user experience

·  service assessment.

We invite potential contributors to submit an abstract of 300-500 words, summarizing your proposed chapter, outlining your intended approach and structure, and indicating how it advances thinking and practice in the field. Please provide a working title for your contribution, up to six keywords highlighting the topics/issues to be discussed, and brief author bio (2-3 sentences) along with details of any related prior work.

The deadline for abstract submissions is now Thursday, January 31, 2019. Please send submissions as email attachments (Word or PDF files) by email to Tim Schlak at

Prospective authors will receive feedback on their proposals by Monday, February 11, 2019.

Accepted authors must be able to submit complete chapters by Monday, April 29, 2019, to allow time for revisions and editing prior to submission to the publisher in June 2019.

We anticipate the book will be published in September 2019.

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(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

Rebecca Kennison and Nancy Maron, selected by ACRL to design, develop, and deliver a new research agenda for scholarly communications and the research environment, have been hard at work since March 2018 with guidance and input from ACRL’s Research and Scholarly Environment Committee (ReSEC). ACRL is now seeking public comment on a draft document by COB Friday, January 4, 2019.

Developed with a high degree of community involvement–particularly historically underrepresented groups–this powerful new ACRL action-oriented agenda is intended to encourage the community to make the scholarly communications system more open, inclusive, and equitable by addressing issues concerning people, content, and systems. It outlines trends, encourages practical actions, and clearly identifies the most strategic research questions to pursue.

By sharing this draft publicly for feedback, ACRL seeks to continue the robust community engagement, which has included input from over 1,000 individuals via expert interviews, online focus groups, a survey, and large group conversations at major conferences. ACRL wants the final document to be as helpful as possible both in guiding academic librarians on actions that can be taken now to promote a more open system of scholarship and identifying essential areas that merit further investigation.

Your comments will be most helpful by addressing these areas:

1.      Suggestions regarding the major categories of people, content, and systems.

2.      Examples of recent publications to cite, work currently underway, and notable projects just getting started.

3.      Additional research questions–or variants of the questions–that you feel are important.

Add your comments publicly to the draft research agenda by COB Friday, January 4, 2019. Or share your comments privately with Nancy, Rebecca, and ReSEC member leaders via a feedback form.

ACRL expects to release the final document in spring 2019 as a free PDF download and for purchase in print. ReSEC is designing a program to competitively award modest research grants to enable librarians to carry out new research in areas suggested by the research agenda. A group of ALA Emerging Leaders recently selected ACRL’s proposed project to promote the adoption and use of this forthcoming research agenda. With guidance from ReSEC, this group will develop plans to complement ACRL marketing and promotion strategies through official outlets. This could include targeted use cases for how different constituencies could use the ACRL research grants to address the areas of focus.

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

Has your library undergone renovations or new building in 2018? Share the news with the library community by submitting the project for the ILA Reporter “Library Buildings 2018” article in the February 2019 issue. Submissions should include:

  • At least one high-resolution image of the exterior
  • At least one high-resolution of the interior
  • Name of the architect or architectural firm
  • Type of project; either “Renovation/expansion” or “New building”
  • Total cost
  • Service population
  • Name of the library director
  • 2-3 quotes from patrons or users for a “What people are saying” section

Examples from past issues are available on the ILA website<>. The deadline for submission is December 20, 2018, and submissions should be sent via email to ILA Reporter editor Diane Foote<>. We look forward to showcasing your project, large or small, from any type of library!

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(via Dr. Scott Walter, DePaul University)

CFP: Cultural Heritage and the Campus Community: Academic Libraries and Museums in Collaboration [working title]

Call for Chapter Proposals – Deadline Extended to September 14th


In January 2016, a “working summit” was held at the University of Miami that brought together leaders from academic art museums and libraries to discuss the potential for deeper and more sustainable collaboration on campus among galleries, libraries, archives, and museums in support of strategic concerns in U.S. higher education. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, this summit came after more than a decade of interest in the question of how best to initiate and sustain meaningful collaboration among cultural heritage organizations on campus, including libraries, archives, art museums, science museums, anthropological collections, local history collections, and others.

This discussion of collaboration among libraries, archives, and museums on campus has dovetailed over the past decade with broader discussions of the value of academic libraries and academic museums, alignment of the mission and activities of libraries and museums with those of their parent institutions, and the future of higher education. A new study, also funded by the Mellon Foundation, and led by OCLC Research and Ithaka S&R, is currently exploring the relationship between library service programs and the outlook for the future of libraries in the academy. With academic libraries and museums often closely connected in their provision of unique collections, expert services, and opportunities for learning outside the classroom, it is appropriate to consider how best to ensure the value of all campus cultural heritage organizations, and other sites for expertly-curated collections, to the evolving goals of higher education.

In light of continuing changes in the cultural heritage and higher education sectors in the decade since OCLC Research, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, and others convened international discussions of “collaboration and convergence” in the missions of libraries, archives, and museums, the time is ripe for a new study of collaboration among academic museums and libraries informed by innovation in practice, especially as these efforts reflect efforts to bring campus cultural heritage organizations together in support of strategic initiatives related to teaching, learning, scholarship, creative activity, and community engagement.

This collection has been approved for publication as part of the Association of College & Research Libraries’ Publications in Librarianship series.


·        CFP Distributed: July 16, 2018

·        Deadline for Chapter Proposals [extended]: September 14, 2018

·        Notification of Acceptance of Proposals: September 28, 2018

·        First Draft of Chapters Due: January 4, 2019

·        Second Draft of Chapters Due: March 1, 2019

·        Final Draft of Chapters Due: April 5, 2019

·        Submission of Manuscript to ACRL: May 31, 2019

Possible Topics

Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

·        The current state of academic museum-library collaboration in institutions of higher education

·        Trends in the cultural heritage or higher education sectors promoting opportunities for collaboration among academic museums and libraries

·        Challenges and opportunities in academic museum-library collaboration

·        Organizational cultures and structures promoting collaboration among academic museums and libraries

·        Cultural heritage organizations as strategic investments for institutions of higher education

·        Implications of collaboration and/or convergence in service programs for professional education, continuing professional education, and staffing in academic libraries and museums

·        Case studies in collaboration, especially as these relate to impact in teaching, learning, scholarship, creative activity, or community engagement initiatives on campus, e.g.:

o   Collection Development and Management

o   Digitization, Digital Projects, and Digital Scholarship

o   Description and Discovery of Collections

o   Collaboration with Faculty in Collection-Centered Teaching, Learning and Scholarship

o   Exhibitions and Public Programs

o   Publishing Programs

·        Assessment of Collaborative Programs


Chapter proposals should be submitted to co-editors Scott Walter (, Julie Rodrigues Widholm (, and Alexia Hudson-Ward ( by September 14, 2018 (see “Timeline,” above) with the subject line: Library-Museum Collaboration Chapter Proposal [Author(s) Last Name].

Chapter proposals should briefly describe your proposed topic, including the organizational setting, the partners in the collaboration, the nature of the collaboration, and the ways in which you believe the collaboration is responsive to broader discussions in library-museum collaboration, or the value of campus cultural heritage organizations to broader trends in higher education.

Proposals should be no more than 500 words in length and should present a topic that can be fully explored in a final chapter of approximately 2,500 – 5,000 words.

Proposals should identify all authors, as well as the corresponding author, and co-authored essays drawing on expertise from both the library and the museum side of the collaboration are encouraged.

About the Co-Editors

Scott Walter is the University Librarian at DePaul University (, Julie Rodrigues Widholm is the Director and Chief Curator of the DePaul Art Museum (, and Alexia Hudson-Ward is Azariah Smith Root Director of Libraries at Oberlin College (

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(via Carrie Forbes, University of Denver)

We would like to invite you to consider submitting a chapter proposal for Academic Library Services for Graduate Students: Supporting Future Academics and Professionals, to be published by Libraries Unlimited.

Editors: Carrie Forbes and Peggy Keeran, University of Denver Libraries

Proposal Submission Deadline:  Monday, September 17, 2018

Book Overview:

As more and more students attend graduate programs, either at the master’s or doctoral level, many higher education institutions have established professional development programs to help ensure that graduate students learn the wide range of skills needed to be successful as both students and as future professionals or academics. The editors of this volume invite contributors to propose case studies and theoretical essays on academic library services for graduate students that support their multiple roles and identities as students, and as future faculty members or professionals, as well as addressing the complex social and emotional issues related to their other roles as parents, working adults, caretakers, and more.

For more details on how to submit a proposal, please see:

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(via Erin Watson, University of Saskatchewan)

Handbook of Clinical Librarianship

The MLA Books Panel seeks an author/editor for a book on clinical librarianship.  The information included should provide starting points and basic resources for librarians interested in pursuing a clinical librarian position or starting a clinical librarian service at their institution.

Note that at this time, we are not seeking authors of individual chapters, but rather authors or editors for the entire book.
Topics could include

*         What does a clinical librarian do?

*         How to prepare; knowledge required; learning on the job

*         Rounding, morning reports and case conferences – how to prepare, finding one’s place on the team, acting as a patient advocate; tips; answering questions at the point of care

*         Demonstrating value to health care providers, the institution and the library

*         Finding information for patients; providing information prescriptions

*         Participating in journal clubs

*         Promoting clinical librarian services

*         Expert searching including clinical guideline development

*         Benefits and challenges (including emotional ones) of being a clinical librarian

*         Ethical and legal aspects of working in a clinical environment (e.g., compliance with privacy legislation, need for vaccinations, etc.)

If you are interested in serving as the author or editor of the entire book, please complete the Step One form available at and send it to Martha Lara at<>

For more information on the MLA publishing process, please visit

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me off-list at<>

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(via Carolyn Caffrey Gardner, California State University Dominguez Hills)

We are soliciting chapter proposals for our forthcoming ACRL Publications book, Hidden Architectures of Information Literacy Programs: Structures, Practices, and Contexts with an anticipated publication date of fall 2019. Chapter proposals are due August 1st, 2018. Read the full Call for Proposals, including a book chapter template, at:

More about the book: Information literacy (IL) is a well-established goal of academic libraries, yet so much of the day-to-day work of running and coordinating information literacy programs is absent from professional literature, job descriptions, and library school coursework. While the definition of a program is a coordinated set of activities in service of a specific purpose, what those activities actually consist of – and who is responsible for them – is highly dependent on institutional and interpersonal contexts. Furthermore, while skills and competencies for leadership in LIS are well-researched and articulated, those required for effective program management, particularly indirect management of others, are not as well-represented.

This book will gather program examples to make visible the structures, practices, and contexts of information literacy programs in academic libraries. We are seeking chapters from academic librarians who identify as a leader of an information literacy program who want to share their experiences. Each case study chapter will detail definitions and missions, allocation of resources and labor, supervisory structures, prioritization approaches, and other processes and structures required to make programs work. By using a case study template we will help identify commonalities and differences across all types of programs and institutions while allowing individual stories and unique contexts to shine through.

If you have any questions, please contact us at to discuss how your idea may fit within this book’s scope.

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