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(via Margaret Chambers, CARLI, on behalf of the “Digging Deeper, Reaching Further” project team) 

Are you a librarian interested in learning more about digital humanities methods and text mining? Register now to attend a day-long text mining workshop for librarians, at Northwestern University Library in Evanston, IL, on Wednesday, October 25. This workshop will be led by instructors from the IMLS-funded project “Digging Deeper, Reaching Further: Libraries Empowering Users to Mine the HathiTrust Digital Library Resources” (DDRF). DDRF provides a workshop curriculum that teaches library and information professionals to concepts and methods in text mining and related digital scholarship methods, with a focus on the tools and data from the HathiTrust Research Center. The aims of the DDRF workshops are to empower librarians to become more conversant in digital scholarship and engage with digital projects at their institutions.

Here are some of the exciting things about which you can expect to learn at a DDRF workshop.

  • building a corpus of texts in a HTRC Workset, and using it to conduct text analysis on your collection of works
  • gathering data through web scraping;
  • cleaning data, dirty OCR, and clean OCR;
  • using Python for text mining;
  • topic modeling and other approaches for text analysis.

This free workshop will run from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM CST, with a break for lunch. All are encouraged to attend, and no experience with DDRF is necessary. Seating will be limited, so please register soon. Updates and room directions will be sent to registrants, and you can go here for more information about the workshops.  If you have questions, please send an e-mail to Geoff Morse, at, or

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(via Meghan Sitar–University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)

The ACRL Instruction Section is seeking a Publication Editor. This volunteer position provides final-round editing for IS publications. The position is intended to ensure that IS publications are consistent, professional, and polished, and that they reflect well on IS and on ACRL. This position is also intended to remove some of the burden of detail editing from IS committees or individuals, freeing them to focus more of their energy on a document’s content. The duties and responsibilities of the Publication Editor include:

  • ensuring correct and consistent Chicago citation style
  • final copy-editing as needed (i.e. grammar, punctuation, etc. according to Chicago)
  • final proofreading as needed (i.e. factual accuracy, clarity, etc.)

Please see the full description for more details.

Interested in being considered? Please submit a letter of interest outlining your experience and knowledge applicable to the position, a curriculum vitae or résumé, and samples of relevant work to IS Vice Chair, Meghan Sitar, at Deadline for applications is Friday December 1. Applicants will be notified after the ALA Midwinter meeting.

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ACRL/CLS CLIPP Publications Call for Proposals (Oct. 6 deadline)

(via Samantha Thompson-Franklin, Lewis-Clark State College)

The ACRL/CLS CLIPP (College Library Information on Policy and Practice) Committee invites you to submit a preliminary proposal for its CLIPP publication series. We welcome proposals on any topic that is relevant for small and mid-sized academic libraries. The CLIPP series allows library staff to share information on practices and procedures they have implemented to address common issues or concerns. Each CLIPP follows a set structure of three parts (literature review, survey results, and sample documents), and should both describe library best practices and provide useful, specific examples that libraries can refer to when developing similar policies and procedures of their own.

Authors of a CLIPP publication are aided throughout by the CLIPP Committee and an assigned editor. CLIPP authors receive 10% of the royalties on the net revenues from their publication. For your reference, please find author instructions and more information about the CLIPP program here.

CLIPP proposals are accepted throughout the year. The next Preliminary Proposal Deadline is Friday, October 6. The CLIPP Committee will send out notifications regarding this round of submissions by October 23. For questions or to submit a proposal, please contact Mary Francis, CLIPP Committee Chair, at

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ALCTS 2018 Publication Awards Nominations Sought (Deadline Dec. 1)

(via Keri Cascio–Executive Director, Association for Library Collections & Technical Services)

Nominations are being accepted for the 2018 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) awards for excellence in publication. ALCTS presents two Publication Awards to honor individuals for outstanding achievement in research and writing in the field of library collections and technical services.

If you are interested in nominating a publication for either of the awards, contact the chair of that award jury. The deadline to submit nominations and supporting materials is Friday, December 1.

  • Edward Swanson Memorial Best of LRTS Award
    The award is given in honor of Edward Swanson, LRTS Book Review Editor and long-time indexer, to the author(s) of the best paper published in Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS), the official journal of ALCTS. The winner will receive a citation and $250 from ALCTS. Papers published in volume 61 (2017) are eligible for consideration, with the exception of official reports and documents, obituaries, letters to the editor and biographies of award winners. Each paper will be judged on the following points: content with a significant contribution about one or more issues addressed by ALCTS and its sections; statements in the paper are adequately supported by accurate data and/or documentation; and clear and readable writing style.

Send nominations, along with the author, title and volume and issue of the paper being nominated and the reasons for the nomination to: Michele Seikel, chair, Best of LRTS Jury.

Visit the Edward Swanson Best of LRTS Award page for more information.

  • ALCTS Outstanding Publication Award
    The award honors an author or authors who have written the year’s outstanding monograph, article or original paper in the field of technical services, including acquisitions, cataloging, collection management, preservation, continuing resources and related areas in the library field. The award consists of a citation and $250 contributed by ALCTS. Works published in 2017 are eligible. Reprints of earlier publications will not be considered. The evaluation criteria include: intellectual content; practical value; theoretical value; scholarship; presentation; and style. Papers published in Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS) are not eligible.

Send nominations, along with a statement giving the full bibliographic citation of the article, book or paper being nominated and reasons for the nomination to: Heath Martin, chair, Publication Jury.

Visit the Outstanding Publication Award page for more information.

ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association. An international member-driven association, ALCTS engages the library community on issues and policies that affect the acquisition, management, discovery and preservation of library collections.

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Call for Proposals: RSR Special Issue on Emergent Literacies

(via Tammy Ivins, University of North Carolina Wilmington)

Reference Services Review (RSR) is seeking authors to write on the theme of emergent literacies in academic libraries. Articles in this issue will explore emergent literacies, intersections of multiple literacies, and ideas around the language used to describe, implement, and assess these literacies. We are interested in innovative interpretations and intersectional research around ideas, theory, and practice(See complete description below.)

We want this special issue to draw from a variety of perspectives, so we really hope that many members of the Instruction Section will consider submitting proposals!

Proposals/abstracts are due Sunday, October 15, 2017.

Send proposals/abstracts or inquiries to both:

Tammy Ivins (, Transfer Student Services Librarian at the University of North Carolina Wilmington

Sylvia Tag (, Librarian for Colleges/Departments/Programs at Western Washington University

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions, ~Tammy and Sylvia

Reference Services Review is seeking authors to write on the theme of emergent literacies in academic libraries. Articles in this issue will explore emergent literacies, intersections of multiple literacies, and ideas around the language used to describe, implement, and assess these literacies. We are interested in innovative interpretations and intersectional research around ideas, theory, and practice. Examples of stand-alone and intersectional topics include, but are not restricted to:

  • Cultural Literacies (International, Indigenous, Economic)
  • Spatial Literacies (How do we create physical and virtual spaces for intellectual pursuits?)
  • Emotional Literacies (Changing demographics of higher education, Inclusivity)
  • Life Skill Literacies (Finance, Self-advocacy, Speaking, Privacy)
  • Narrative Literacies (How do we tell our story? How do students share their stories?)
  • Oral Literacies (Listening, Speaking)
  • Written and Expressive Literacies (Writing, Visual, Performance)
  • Digital & Multimedia Literacies (Social Media, Copyright, Digital media authoring)
  • Literacies across the arc of K-20 education
  • Methodology, pedagogy, and assessment of emergent literacies
  • Forthcoming technologies or developments may create new emerging literacies
  • Intersection of Emergent Literacies & Digital Humanities

Proposed manuscripts may take many forms, including (but not limited to) innovative applications of best practices, literature reviews, or conceptual papers that explore the future of emerging literacies. We wholeheartedly welcome submissions on emergent literacies and/or approaches not listed above. We encourage manuscripts that explore innovative intersections of various literacies, approaches, and pedagogical approaches. The theme issue, Volume 46 Issue 2, will be published in June 2018.

Manuscripts must be submitted by February 24, 2018. Submitted manuscripts are evaluated using a double-blind peer review process. Authors can expect to work on revisions in February and March 2018. Final manuscripts will be due by April 7, 2018. Proposals/abstracts due: October 15, 2017. Send proposals/abstracts or inquiries to both: Tammy Ivins (, Transfer Student Services Librarian at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and Sylvia Tag (, Librarian for Colleges/Departments/Programs at Western Washington University.

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(via Melissa Tracy, American Library Association)

The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) announces that its Reference and User Services Quarterly (RUSQ) journal will move to open access beginning with the Fall, 2017, issue.  RUSQ disseminates information of interest to reference librarians, information specialists and other professionals involved in user-oriented library services. The decision to move RUSQ from subscription based to open access was based on many factors, most notably the open access movement strongly supported by librarians. Other factors include ensuring a continued pool of strong authors and articles, ease of access for readers as well as broader worldwide access as the cost for professional journal subscriptions is extremely prohibitive.

RUSA represents librarians and library staff in the fields of reference, specialized reference, collection development, readers’ advisory and resource sharing. RUSA is the foremost organization of reference and information professionals who make the connections between people and the information sources, services and collection materials they need.

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Several Illinois librarians have articles featured in the ALA Library Instruction Roundtable Top Twenty Articles for 2016. Every year, the American Library Association’s LIRT Top Twenty Committee reviews the library instruction literature from the previous year and identifies the 20 best instruction articles for that year. Sue Franzen of Illinois State University was recognized for her article “Merging Information Literacy and Evidence-Based Practice in an Undergraduate Health Science Curriculum Map” (co-authored with Colleen Bannon). The article appeared in the Communications in Information Literacy journal. Paula Dempsey (University of Illinois at Chicago) and Heather Jagman (DePaul University) also made the list, for their article “‘I Felt Like Such a Freshman’: First-Year Students Crossing the Library Threshold”, which appeared in portal: Libraries and the Academy. Additionally, Steve Brantley (Eastern Illinois University) served on this year’s Top Twenty Committee.

To see the full list of articles, go to the June issue of the LIRT News.

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(via Yen Tran, San Jose State University)

ACRL Press is planning to publish a book titled Supporting Today’s Students in the Library: Strategies for Retaining and Graduating International, Transfer, First-Generation, and Re-Entry Students. Editors Ngoc-Yen Tran & Silke Higgins invite the submission of chapter proposals for a book on how academic libraries are addressing the unique struggles of international students, transfer or commuter students, first-generation students, and re-entry or older-adult students. The book will focus on strategies for retaining and graduating these student populations by exploring methods for overcoming barriers, discussing best practices for engaging students in research and information literacy topics, as well as providing a variety of services that support students beyond the classroom environment.

New and completed research and case studies are welcome, provided any new studies can be completed within the timeline explained below. Chapters based on completed research must not be previously published or simultaneously submitted elsewhere. We are seeking proposals for two types of chapters in support of the aforementioned student populations.

  • research or case studies on such topics as who your students are and what needs or struggles they face
  • research or in-depth case studies on the application of learning theories (such as Social Cognitive Learning Theory or Educational Gaming Theory)–topics might include best practices for instruction, outreach, or collection development; overcoming language and access barriers; developing meaningful relationships with peers and faculty; and balancing school, work, and general life responsibilities

Submission Procedure

Please submit chapter proposals of up to 500 words, a short author’s statement, a writing sample, and a list of previous publications (if applicable), to by Monday, June 5. If you are proposing new, uncompleted research, please provide a tentative timeline that includes a date for completion, evidence of institutional approval, if appropriate, as well as any additional dates you believe are relevant. Authors will be notified of acceptance by Saturday, July 1.

If there are multiple authors for a chapter, please submit author statements for each author and at least one writing sample. Writing samples from multiple authors may be submitted, however, if it is felt that doing so will create a better representation of the group’s work.

This initial stage requires a 500-word description, so just planning out your article now is fine. Final manuscripts of between 1500 and 5000 words will be due September 30, with drafts and edits staggered earlier throughout the year as best fits the schedules of the author(s) and editors. All chapters will undergo peer review by a subject matter expert prior to publication.

For additional information, contact the editors: Ngoc-Yen Tran, Academic Liaison Librarian, San Jose State University, at; and Silke Higgins, Academic Liaison Librarian, San Jose State University, at

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(via Gwen Gregory, IACRL Past President)

Resources for College Libraries (RCL), the Choice/ACRL bibliography of essential titles for undergraduate teaching and research, seeks experienced subject librarians to serve as referees for the peer review of its arts and humanities disciplines. Referees are tasked with reviewing the subject bibliography comprehensively for breadth and depth, providing recommendations for editorial improvement. Continuously updated, RCL includes over 85,000 resources in 61 curriculum-specific areas and is a co-publication of Choice/ACRL and ProQuest. Learn more about RCL here.

The arts and humanities section includes such subjects as American literature, British literature, classical languages and literature, dance, drama and theater, French language and literature, general language and literature, Germanic languages and literatures, and Italian language and literature. Other areas covered include literatures in English, music, philosophy, religion, Russian and Eastern European languages and literatures, Spanish and Portuguese languages and literatures, and visual arts.

Choice/ACRL encourages individuals with extensive experience selecting for academic collections or teaching undergraduates to apply. If you are interested in serving as a peer reviewer, please submit a brief description of your relevant background, along with your résumé or CV to Anne Doherty (, RCL Project Editor. Preference will be given to those who apply by Thursday, June 1. Find further details and FAQs here.

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UIUC’s Knox Reelected to Freedom to Read Foundation Board

(via the Freedom to Read Foundation)

Six people were elected to terms on the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) Board of Trustees in the annual FTRF election held in April. Reelected to their second of two-year terms were Charles Brownstein, (Executive Director, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund), Mario M. Gonzalez (Executive Director of the Passaic Public Library in New Jersey, and past Treasurer of ALA), and Dr. Emily Knox (Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). Elected to their first two-year terms were Robert P. Holley (Professor Emeritus, Wayne State University), Katie Chamberlain Kritikos J.D. (Ph.D. Student, School of Information Studies R.A., Center for Information Policy Research University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), and Valerie Nye (Library Director at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe.).

The six  will join Kathy Ishizuka, Martin Garnar, Herbert Krug, and Candace Morgan to form the FTRF Board for 2017-2018, which will be seated at the end of the FTRF Annual Board meeting on June 22 in Chicago, IL. There will be four additional members of the board, who serve as a function of their positions at the American Library Association: Jim Neal, incoming ALA president, Loida Garcia-Febo, incoming ALA president-elect; Keith Michael Fiels, ALA Executive Director; and Helen Adams, incoming ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee chair. James LaRue serves as FTRF executive director and board secretary.

“Once again, the Freedom to Read Foundation board brings deep financial, professional, and marketing expertise to our work,” said LaRue. “We are grateful to have their counsel as we litigate, advocate, educate, and fundraise to defend the fundamental rights of free expression, privacy, and access to information.”

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