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(via Camielle Crampsie, University of South Florida)

In the last few decades there has been continuing interest regarding publication expectations of academic librarians. There is a need for more information on motivations and characteristics that might be common to successful academic library researchers as well as analyses of barriers to research. A related area of research looks at how library scholars approach journal selection. Academic librarians are known for their promotion of the open access movement and may provide guidance on negotiating for better access in copyright agreements. But do they practice what they preach?

This study, titled “Academic Librarians: Article Publishing Practices, Support, and Motivations”, will address the following research questions.

  • What characteristics, motivations, institutional supports, and educational opportunities help experienced authors produce ongoing scholarship?
  • In what research skills are academic library authors (both novice and experienced) more or less confident?
  • What do academic library practitioners consider when selecting specific avenues for publication?

Responses to the survey are anonymous. You have the right to withdraw at any time and may skip any question you don’t wish to answer. The estimated time to complete the survey is 20-30 minutes. If you have any questions about your rights as a research participant, please contact the Principal Investigator, Tina Neville, at Click here to participate.

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(via Caitlyn Ford, Canadian Health Libraries Association)

The next deadline for submissions to JCHLA/JABSC is Friday, December 1. Submissions will be considered for publication in volume 39, number 1, though publication in that issue cannot be guaranteed.

We welcome submissions in the following formats.

  • research articles
  • review articles
  • program descriptions
  • columns
  • product and book reviews

Please take a look at our Author Guidelines to learn more about the type of content we accept. We look forward to receiving your submissions! Should you have any questions, please contact

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

Hopefully, many people have been able to attend the regional MLA conferences this fall. They provide a great opportunity to network in a smaller group and to also have some longer discussions with vendor and publisher reps.

Another fall conference tradition is the Charleston Conference: Issues in Book and Serial Acquisitions. The next one will be November 6-10, 2017. There are a number of health sciences librarians speaking on health sciences collection management and scholarly publishing topics sprinkled in the Charleston Conference program this year, in concurrent sessions, poster sessions, lightning rounds: <>…Here’s a sampling:

Where Are We? Providing Information for the Clinical Enterprise (17th Health Sciences Lively Lunch) <> – please RSVP
If you will be at the Charleston Conference and interested in attending the 17th Health Sciences Lively Lunch on Friday @ 12:30 pm, please RSVP. The session is open to all conference goers; the RSVP is so our lunch host, Rittenhouse, can get an accurate head count for the boxed lunch. Come join panelists from three different academic health science libraries and the no holds barred discussion that is an integral part of the session. The RSVP link is embedded in the online schedule: <> (this year, we’ll cover the academic health sciences library perspective on issues, challenges in serving the information needs of affiliated hospitals and the clinical enterprise…)

Other sessions

*         Check out the panel on publication ethics in which the president of MLA, Barbara Epstein (University of Pittsburgh) will be speaking: <>

*         There will be 2 health sciences librarians’ presentations in this lightning round session: <> (Prelude to a Health Sciences Library Assessment: Introducing the Woodward Model (Jean Gudenas; Creative acquisition practices for funding clinical resources in an academic health sciences library (Pamela Bradigan, Joe Payne))

*         Here are two sample poster sessions topics <>: 21 Impact of Joining EAST on our Health Sciences Library (Frances Foret; Siamak Samiean<>) and <> First Aid for Student Costs: Helping Nursing Faculty Reduce Textbook Purchase Requirements (Lea Leininger<>)

STM (Scientific, Technical, Medical) publishers actively participate in presentations, too. And so much more.

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(via Andrea Duda, University of California–Santa Barbara)

Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship ( publishes refereed and board approved articles, columns, and webliographies of interest to the sci-tech librarian community in a platinum open access format; there are no page charges and no subscription fees.  In order to provide readers with free access to our content, we rely on an active and dedicated editorial board.

If you’ve always wanted to support sustainable, open-access scholarly literature, here is your chance!  We seek two new members for our board, beginning February 2018, to serve as assistant editors for refereed articles.

Once manuscripts have been peer reviewed, the assistant editor collaborates with the Refereed Articles Editor and works with authors to develop finished articles that are clear and engaging.  The editors ensure that the authors address suggestions made by reviewers and implement ISTL style and formatting conventions.

Appointments to the board are three years in length and renewable.  Membership in STS is required. Applications should include a cover letter, vita, and publications bibliography.  Research and writing samples are welcomed.

Submit applications by e-mail with appropriate attachments to Andrea L. Duda, ISTL Editor, at Review of applications will begin November 6, 2017.  Applicants will be informed of the results of their candidacies after the ALA Midwinter Meeting, February 2018. Please contact Andrea Duda for more information.

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(via Alexandra Rivera–University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)

The Peer Reviewed Instructional Materials Online (PRIMO) Committee of the ACRL Instruction Section invites you to submit your online information literacy tutorial, virtual tour, or other online library instruction project for review and possible inclusion in PRIMO: Peer-Reviewed Instructional Materials Online.

***Deadlines for Fall 2017***
Nominations:  October 31, 2017
Submissions:  November 14, 2017

Additional information about PRIMO, as well as the submission and nomination forms, is available from the following link:

Site submissions for PRIMO are accepted continually, but are reviewed for possible inclusion twice per year.  If you would like to submit your own project for consideration, please use the Submission Form rather than the Nomination Form. For further information, please contact committee co-chairs Megan Hodge at and Lindy Scripps-Hoekstra

**Important note**

All submissions will be acknowledged shortly after the submission deadline. If you submit a project for review and do not receive an acknowledgment after the submission deadline, please contact the PRIMO co-chairs with a request for verification that your submission was transmitted successfully.

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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.

Posted in Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), Calls and Requests, Committees (non-HSLI), Library Organizations, Scholarly Publishing | No Comments »

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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