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(via Krista Bowers Sharpe, Western Illinois University)

The IACRL Conference & Continuing Education Committee is pleased to announce its next Spark event! Join us for Spark: Open Pathways – Exploring the Intersections of Diversity Equity and Inclusion and Open Educational Resources. It will take place on Thursday, December 9, from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM CDT. The event will be held via Zoom. Library workers from all libraries in Illinois are welcome to attend! Registration is now open here.

Call for Proposals

The Committee is currently seeking proposals in the theme of diversity, equity, and inclusion in OER and Open Pedagogy. Topics to consider include, but are not limited to, the following.

  • Culturally responsive instruction and “Open”
  • Elements of traditional textbook publishing or pedagogy that exclude
  • How “open” can clear barriers to DEI
  • OER is not fundamentally diverse or inclusive
  • OER and Belonging

Proposals on other topics will also be considered as space allows.

Presenters will give 10-minute lightning talks on their topics. After a set of lightning talks, attendees will go into breakout rooms to network and discuss the lightning round topics, and will have the opportunity to ask questions of the presenter in their breakout room.

Participants will also be able to discuss their own experiences and ideas with one another.

If you are interested in presenting, please submit a proposal here by Friday, October 29. The schedule will be finalized no later than November 12, 2021.

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(via Lisa Palmer, University of Massachusetts Medical School)

The Library Publishing Forum is an annual conference bringing together representatives from libraries engaged in or considering publishing initiatives to define and address major questions and challenges; to identify and document collaborative opportunities; and to strengthen and promote this community of practice. The Forum is sponsored by the Library Publishing Coalition, but you do not need to be a member of the LPC to attend.

The Library Publishing Coalition (LPC) is now accepting proposals for the 2022 Library Publishing Forum! After the success of our Virtual Forums in 2020 and 2021, we are thrilled to offer both in-person and online options this year, with a virtual preconference the week of Monday, May 16, 2022, followed by the in-person Library Publishing Forum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania May 25-26 (Wednesday-Thursday), 2022. We invite proposals for both of these events, and warmly encourage proposals from first-time presenters and representatives of small and emerging publishing programs. Proposals may address any topic of interest to the library publishing community. The proposal deadline is Monday, November 15, 2021.

Proposal submissions for both the virtual preconference and the in-person Forum are welcome from LPC members and nonmembers, including library employees, university press employees, scholars, students, and other scholarly communication and publishing professionals. We welcome proposals from first-time presenters and representatives of small and emerging publishing programs.

We are committed to expanding the diversity of perspectives we hear from at the Library Publishing Forum. Working towards some of the “Continuing Initiatives” from the LPC Roadmap for Anti-Racist Practice, this year we ask all proposals to explicitly address how they are inclusive of multiple perspectives, address DEI, or incorporate anti-racist and anti-oppressive approaches. We also encourage speakers to provide us with information about themselves that will assist us in identifying proposals that balance geography, identity, and representation, especially from marginalized groups. Presentations about specific communities should include members of that community in their speaker list, and for sessions with multiple speakers, we seek to avoid all-white and all-male panels. Everyone submitting a presentation will also have an opportunity to complete a brief, anonymous demographic survey so we can better understand who is submitting proposals to LPF.

To learn more and submit a proposal, please go here. Please direct any questions to contact@librarypublishing.org.

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(via Christine Bombaro, Dickinson College)

I am seeking proposals for a forthcoming edited ALA publication with the working title Leading Libraries through Uncertain Times, expected to be published in mid-2023.

The Covid-19 pandemic illuminated and amplified challenges that have been facing library leaders for decades.  Along with other institutional leaders, librarians have had to contend with disruptions to operations that have included economic downturns, social and economic inequality, climate change, political extremism, and threats of violence, to name a few.  When disruption is combined with rapidly changing institutional expectations, library leaders must react quickly to situations for which they may lack preparation due to limited formal managerial or crisis mitigation training.  This book seeks to provide guidance that may help fill that void in library education.

Leading Libraries through Uncertain Times will be a collection of studies describing the work of librarians who have mitigated and managed crisis situations within their libraries, implemented initiatives that have helped their institutions to navigate through periods of uncertainty and disruption, and/or have used uncertainty to the library’s advantage.  In addition to the library’s work with crisis mitigation, chapters should be grounded in managerial theory (VUCA, e.g.) and best practices, and include outcomes and transferable strategies.

Submissions may address any situation that could significantly affect library operations including, but not limited to, the following.

  • changing roles and perceptions of the library
  • economic downturns/inflation
  • health and safety
  • social movements
  • staffing (equity, benefits, status, etc.)
  • student demographics and behavior in libraries
  • resource preservation
  • space use
  • mistrust of information

Submissions are encouraged from librarians working in all types of libraries.  Authors need not have management in their job descriptions to submit proposals.

The proposal should be about 1000 words.  Please include the following information.

  • a description of the crisis situation
  • the managerial strategies you and your colleagues used to address it
  • the outcome of your efforts
  • how your strategies are transferable
  • why you think this study would be a good fit for a wide audience of librarians

A submission form can be found here. Submissions must be received by Friday, January 14, 2022, for full consideration.

For questions, contact Christine Bombaro, at 717-245-1868 or bombaroc@dickinson.edu.

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(via Anna Sandelli–University of Tennessee, Knoxville)

Registration is now open for the webinar “Libraries and Learning Analytics: Facts, False Choices, and Future Forays”. This free presentation is sponsored by the ACRL University Libraries Section Professional Development Committee. It will take place on Monday, November 15, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM CDT. Register here. More information is below.

Learning analytics offers a new tool in the library assessment toolbox, one that closes gaps left by other assessment methods but also raises myriad questions for librarians. As higher education institutions expand their learning analytics initiatives, librarians need to prepare to participate in learning analytics as campus partners. Librarians should be aware of current definitions and common deployment models for institutional learning analytics, understand the purposes and pitfalls of learning analytics as an approach to support student learning, and develop a plan for learning analytics engagement that fits their values as well as institutional and library needs. To advance this work, librarians need to know the facts, avoid false choices, and plan for deep engagement.

This panel will open with introductory content defining learning analytics from a higher education perspective, outlining the purposes of learning analytics as an assessment approach in support of student success, and describing “false choices” that often derail discussions of learning analytics in the library community. Together, panelists and participants will engage in an interactive, “hands-on” activity to consider user stories, research questions, or data sources that can be used in library learning analytics and sort them into “high impact,” “low impact,” and “red flag” categories as a basis for guided discussion. The session will close with a conversation about unique roles librarians can play in learning analytics, next steps for research and practice in this work, and a list of discussion questions and readings for continuing the conversation at individual institutions.

Presenter Bios.

Megan Oakleaf is an Associate Professor at Syracuse University’s iSchool. She is the PI of two IMLS grants on libraries and learning analytics, Library Integration in Institutional Learning Analytics and Connecting Libraries and Learning Analytics for Student Success.

Ken Varnum is a Senior Program Manager in Library Information Technology at the University of Michigan. He is the Technical Lead for the IMLS Library Learning Analytics Project and works with the library’s analytics data retention and access processes.

Rebecca Croxton, Head of Assessment at UNC Charlotte’s library, is the PI for a campus wide student success initiative focused on quantifying the role of student engagement with the library and other co-curricular and extracurricular activities.

If you can’t make this session but wish to view a recording later, please register so that you’ll receive an e-mail that includes a link to the video of the presentation.

Please direct questions and concerns to Laura Gariepy (lwgariepy@vcu.edu) or Sam Harlow (slharlow@uncg.edu), co-chairs of the ACRL ULS Professional Development Committee. A full list of the committee’s past and future programs is available here.

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(via Stephanie Beene, University of New Mexico)

Please see below for details of a research study that a colleague and I are conducting. This is a follow-up to our article “A call to action for librarians: Countering conspiracy theories in the age of QAnon”, and we hope to hear from you!

You are invited to participate in a research survey about interactions with patrons concerning conspiracy theories and related phenomena. Should you choose to participate, we expect the survey to take 15-20 minutes to complete.

The survey may be accessed here.

Unless you choose to self-identify, your response will be completely anonymous. You may request a summary of the survey results after participating. Your involvement in the survey is voluntary, and you may exit at any time.

The findings from this project will provide information on the needs of librarians and other library staff when interacting with patrons who exhibit conspiracy ideation.

This research has been approved by Oakland University’s Office of IRB (IRB-FY2021-410).

If you have any questions, concerns, or complaints about the research, please feel free to contact CoPI’s Katie Greer (greer@oakland.edu) and Stephanie Beene (sbeene@unm.edu).

Thank you in advance, and we look forward to hearing from you!

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(via Jessica Koos, Stony Brook University)

Stony Brook University Libraries invites all to its 6th Annual Open Access Symposium: Toward Equitable Knowledge Gathering and Sharing. It is being held October 28-29 (Thursday-Friday), from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM CDT each day. The event is virtual and free of charge.

Keynote Speakers

  • Thursday, 10/28: Nick Shockey: Director of Programs & Engagement, Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)
  • Friday, 10/29: Michael Huerta Ph.D Associate Director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and Director of the Office of Strategic Initiatives, NLM
  • The event will include panelists and presenters from the University of Toronto, Stony Brook University, Oneonta, Cornell Medical School, and SUNY Brockport.

Please register here​. The deadline is Tuesday, October 26.

Posted in Conferences and Meetings (non-HSLI), Webinars | No Comments »

(via Jodie Borgerding, Amigos Library Services)

Registration is open for the Amigos Library Services online class “Introduction to Teaching Information Literacy”. It will take place on Wednesday, November 3, from 1:30 to 3:30 PM CDT.

In this new course, you will be introduced to teaching information literacy and leave with concrete ideas for information literacy instruction they can apply in their own teaching contexts. The course will start with a discussion of information literacy and then move into a discussion of how to teach the core concepts of information literacy. Time will be spent unpacking pedagogical considerations for information literacy instruction.

Learning Objectives

  • Attendees will be able to define information literacy.
  • Attendees will be able to describe teaching methods for information literacy instruction.
  • Attendees will be able to explain a new approach to teaching information literacy.

Registration Fees

  • Amigos Member Individual Registration – $95.00
  • Non-member Individual Registration – $155.00

For more information, and to register, please go here.

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(via the Medical Library Association)

Share your professional research and explorations with your colleagues and contribute to the knowledge of the profession. Paper abstracts and immersion sessions for the MLA ’22 annual conference (currently in-person May 2-7, Monday-Saturday, in New Orleans) are due Wednesday, October 27. Don’t miss this great opportunity to earn professional credibility, have your work appreciated, and have your voice heard.

Here’s a reminder of some basics about the papers and immersion sessions.

  • Contributed Papers are ten- to fifteen-minute presentations. Paper presenters have the chance to indicate their preference for in-person or virtual attendance. Papers fall into two broad categories:
    • Program description abstracts describe the creation, improvement, and assessment of products, programs, technologies, administrative practices, or services conducted by librarians and information professionals.
    • Research abstracts report on designing, conducting, and analyzing a research project.
  • Immersion sessions are up to 75-minute “deep dives” into a single topic. The format may include multiple people collaborating, including interactive panel presentations, role-playing, gamification, discussions, working groups, or other audience engagement activities. (Immersion sessions require in-person attendance.)

Check out the FAQs and see if your questions can be answered there. Interested in collaborating on your immersion session but haven’t identified colleagues to partner with yet? Start by reaching out to MLA’s caucuses. MLA members can join any caucus and immediately connect to other librarians with similar interests. You can post messages to any caucus to locate potential collaborators or obtain help in making your idea happen.

To submit an abstract, please go here. You will need to create an MLA account if you do not already have one.

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

(via Dr. Deborah Rinio, Montana State University & University of Alaska Fairbanks)

The 2022 Alaska Library Association conference welcomes program proposals from any and all speakers, including concurrent sessions, preconference sessions, meetings, and vendor presentations on the theme of “Growing, Changing, Thriving”. The conference will be fully online February 24-27 (Thursday-Sunday), 2022. We are excited for the opportunity to invite library professionals and those that work with them from around the world to participate in our conference as presenters and participants.

We have extended the deadline for proposals to Sunday, October 31, 2021. Applicants will be informed of the committee’s decision no later than November 30.

We welcome presentations on all topics related to libraries and librarianship in 30 and 60 minute concurrent sessions, as well as 2.5 hour workshops. Potential presenters will be asked to provide the name and contact information for all presenters, length of program, type of program (meeting, panel, single speaker, or workshop), whether you plan to stream or pre-record your session, program title and description, and program tags (e.g., youth, academic, rural).

For more information, and to submit your proposal, please visit the AkLA 2022 Conference website.

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

The ILA Nominating Committee is seeking candidates for the 2022 Executive Board election. In April 2022, members will vote for the ILA Vice-President/President-elect and for four Executive Board positions, which can be public, school, academic, special, or library trustee representatives. These are three-year terms beginning July 2022 and ending June 2025.

The nomination process begins with an open call for suggestions for candidates for these positions. All ILA members are invited to suggest a colleague or self-suggest. Submission of a nominee suggestion form does not guarantee the nominee will appear on the slate; the Nominating Committee will review all suggestions and may also seek additional individuals to meet identified needs, in order to develop the strongest possible slate. According to ILA bylaws, nominees selected to appear on the slate “must be members of ILA at the time of nomination;” that is, by the time the slate is finalized.

The Nominating Committee is seeking candidates who have strategic skill sets to govern a professional, nonprofit association. Duties and expectations of Executive Board members can be found on the ILA website.

For the 2022 election, skills especially needed include: a big picture focus; knowledge and understanding of ILA’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; a commitment to actively participate and serve for three years; and the ability to implement ILA’s strategic plan.

The submission deadline is 5:00 PM CDT on Friday, October 22, 2021.

To submit a suggestion, complete the suggestion form. Please direct any questions to Veronica DeFazio, ILA Past-President and Chair of the Nominating Committee, at vdefazio@plainfieldpubliclibrary.org.

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