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(via Joshua Zeller, Mount St. Joseph University)

The ALA RUSA STARS Licensing & Legislation Committee is currently in the process of planning its free spring 2022 workshop, which will have the broad theme of “licensing 101,” and be free to all attendees. We would be grateful if you could take a few minutes to fill out our short survey, available here, regarding the specific licensing 101 topics that are of particular interest to you. The survey also has open-ended questions related to license negotiation and interlibrary loan workflows that will help us further gauge which topics would be engaging and relevant for our workshop.

Please feel free to forward this message individually or collectively through social media, resource sharing forums, or to local, state, or regional e-mail listservs as appropriate.

Thank you for assisting us with our planning process, and we look forward to your responses!

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(via the American Library Association)

The ALA Library Research Round Table (LRRT) is accepting paper submissions for the LRRT Research Forum at the 2022 ALA Annual Conference, currently scheduled to take place in Washington, D.C., from Thursday, June 23, to Tuesday, June 28. The LRRT Research Forum will feature 15-minute presentations of library and information science (LIS) research followed by discussion. Proposals are due Monday, January 31. Notification of acceptance will be made by Sunday, March 20.

The Research Forum session will present three peer-reviewed papers describing research with the potential to make significant contributions to the field of LIS. The three papers will be selected as examples of research excellence, with a focus on work exemplifying a strong use of theory, a clear and well-organized research design, and appropriate data collection and analysis methods. Submissions emphasizing the problems, theories, methodologies, or significant research findings for LIS are welcome. All topics related to LIS will be considered. All researchers, including practitioners from all types of libraries and other organizations, LIS faculty, graduate students, and other interested individuals are encouraged to submit proposals. Both members and non-members of LRRT are welcome.

The selection committee will use a double-anonymized review process to select three papers. Authors will be required to present their papers in person at the forum and to register for the conference.​

To view the full announcement, including the list of submission criteria, please go here.

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(via Ebony McDonald, Louisiana State University)

On the Federal and Armed Forces Librari​es Interest Group (FAFLIG) Member Engagement Survey, 73% of participants indicated that they would be interested in receiving a one-page quarterly newsletter with news from others who work in federal and military libraries. So, FAFLIG is seeking content for its January, 2022, edition!

According to the survey, members would most love to hear from others about the following topics.

  • Work practices of federal and military librarians – Are you working on a new project? Is there a job-specific tool or resource that you wish to promote? Are there specific skill sets that are needed to advance the profession? Is there a particular problem that you are seeking to solve or a developing trend in federal or military libraries that is on your mind?
  • Human interest stories – Have you recently had a job change such as a promotion, retirement, or even a new hire? Has a library opened, closed, or even been renovated? Any accomplishments that you wish to share? What is it like working at your library, especially if it is abroad; as a retired federal or military librarian; or as a new fed/mil librarian?
  • Professional opportunities – Are you hiring or anticipating hiring? Is there a professional development, training, or networking event that you would like to promote or for which you are seeking collaborators? Do you have any tips or tricks for those seeking to enter or move up in federal or military libraries?

If you have any stories to share, please submit 200 words or less (or, if you’re more of a talker than a writer, an idea that you would like me to follow up with you on via phone or teleconference) with your name, location, and the agency that you work for to FAFLIG.ALA@gmail.com by 11:00 AM CDT on Sunday, January 16. If you prefer to be published anonymously or using a pseudonym, please indicate that in your e-mail.

The newsletter will be published here on ALA Connect and FAFLIG’s social media pages in PDF format on Friday, January 31. Since it cannot happen without news and updates from you, FAFLIG thanks you in advance for participating!

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(via Miriam Nelson, Ohio University)

Please save the date for an ALA Core symposium on the future of library binding. This event will take place via Zoom on Wednesday, January 26, from 12:00 to 4:00 PM CDT​. The symposium will feature updates from the LOC Preservation Directorate, perspectives on the state of the industry, and a discussion on current practice and the need to pivot in response to changing commercial binding landscape. Keep an eye out for further updates and registration information in early January (see the link below).

For more information on the event as it becomes available, along with background on the ALA Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures division, please go here. This event will be free and recordings will be available for later viewing.

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(via Dr. Joan Wang, Washington University in St. Louis)

The ALA Core Metadata Interest Group seeks speakers to present at its meeting during the ALA Core Virtual Interest Group Week. The Virtual Interest Group Week will take place from March 7 to 11 (Monday-Friday).

Accessible and inclusive metadata and cataloging principles can ensure that online content is free of barriers for the broadest audience possible. Visual, auditory, speech, physical, cognitive, and neurological limitations may affect how users perceive and access your metadata and decrease their ability to find the information they need. Unless there is metadata denoting that a video is closed-captioned, for example, this feature will go undiscovered. Metadata that reduces barriers to information is crucial to ensuring that accessible content is findable for people with disabilities, and its benefits can extend to the larger audience.

Have you implemented accessibility metadata or added accessible fields to your MARC records to better suit a broader audience? Are you experimenting with new approaches to metadata accessibility? If so, we want to hear from you! Consider submitting your proposal for a 15 minute presentation at the Core Metadata Interest Group session, followed by discussion.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following.

  • Metadata that supports accessibility
  • Adoption and/or application of new Schema.org fields for accessibility
  • MARC fields for accessibility information

The Metadata Interest Group meeting will take place during the 2022 ALA Core Virtual Interest Group Week on Tuesday, March 8, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM CDT.

Please submit your proposal by e-mailing the Interest Group’s Programming Co-chairs, Sharon Reidt and Elizabeth Padilla (see below), by Friday, January 14. The presenters will be notified of decisions by Friday, January 28.

Your proposal should include the name, e-mail, job title and affiliated institution of the presenter(s); the title of the presentation; and an abstract not to exceed 300 words.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Sharon Reidt (sharon.reidt@uconn.edu) or Elizabeth Padilla (elizabeth_padilla@bcit.ca), Core MIG Programming Co-Chairs.

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(via Mary Beth Riedner, retired)

Applications are now being accepted for a new grant to encourage libraries to begin or expand their services to those living with dementia. Two $2,500 grants will be awarded in 2022.

The grant, entitled the Stephen T. Riedner Grant for Life Enhancing Library Programs for People Living with Dementia, is being administered by ALA’s RUSA Division. You do not need to be a member of ALA or RUSA to apply, however. More information about how to apply can be found here.

Grant submissions could include, but are not limited to, the following topics.

  • ​inclusion – welcoming this population into the library/community
  • staff dementia awareness training
  • person-centered focus – address their unique needs as individuals with their own interests, abilities, and history
  • literacy activities that promote the use of books and reading as at least one component of programming (which of course can include art, music, exercise, nature, etc. as well)
  • academic research into reading and dementia
  • developing partnerships with local organizations that also serve those living with dementia

The grant nomination process is simple, but there is a deadline of Friday, February 11. Please feel free to apply for this seed funding to help turn your creative ideas into reality!

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(via Jennifer Castle, Tennessee State 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. Examples of potential topics are below.

  • 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 Jennifer Castle, at dttp.editor@gmail.comDttP is the official journal of ALA’s Government Documents Roundtable (GODORT).

Thank you for considering publishing in DttP.

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(via the American Library Association)

ALA invites library workers to apply for the Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant, an annual award supporting innovative and meaningful community engagement efforts in libraries.

The Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant recognizes, promotes and supports innovative and meaningful community engagement efforts in libraries. It will provide two grants of $2,000 for a school, public, academic, tribal or special library to expand its community engagement efforts.

Libraries are invited to apply by designing and outlining activities for a library-led community engagement project. Community engagement is the process of working collaboratively with community members – be they library patrons, residents, faculty, students, or local organizations – to address issues for the betterment of the community.

Each year, the grant will focus on supporting a community engagement project with a specific theme. For the 2021-2022 cycle, libraries are invited to submit applications for a community engagement project that focuses on a social justice issue of importance in their communities. Examples of potential topics include racial justice, climate justice, or addressing the digital divide.

Libraries should work collaboratively with community members and at least one partner organization to develop a project that addresses a local issue and builds upon community assets.

Project activities to be covered by the grant may include developing community engagement programs and services; partnering with a community agency that builds the capacity of the community to address an important concern/issue; or creating a program or event that connects the library to a community-identified aspiration or concern.

Last year’s grant was won by Albany (N.Y.) Public Library for their Branching Out program, a community initiative that aims to uplift local Black voices in music and art.

Applications will be accepted between Wednesday, December 1, 2021, and Tuesday, February 1, 2022. View the full award guidelines and apply online here.

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(via Qiana Johnson, Northwestern University)

The Research & Statistics Committee of the Reference Services Section (RSS) of the Reference & User Services Association (RUSA) invites submission of reference service research project proposals for presentation at the New Discoveries in Reference: The 28th Annual Reference Research Forum at the 2022 American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington, DC. (The Annual Conference itself will take place from June 23 to 28, Wednesday, Thursday to Tuesday.) 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, virtual 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 as many as three proposals for 20-45 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 Washington, DC.

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

The committee welcomes proposals that employ decolonizing methodologies and other forms of research design that have been underrepresented in published scholarship in this field, including, but not limited to, emancipatory research, action research, critical discourse analysis, and autoethnography. The committee also welcomes research that addresses gaps in the scholarship on reference and user services that relate to issues of equality, diversity, and inclusion (briefly summarized in this bibliography).

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 10. Notification of acceptance will be made by Monday, February 28.

Submission Details

Submissions will be accepted as Word documents or PDFs.

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

NOTE: Proposals that exceed the word count or that do not follow the format described above will be automatically rejected.

Submissions and questions should be directed to the 2021-2022 committee chair, Meg Galasso, at galasso@iu.edu.

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(via the American Library Association)

LibLearnX: Library Learning Experience is happening online January 21-24, 2022 (Friday-Monday)–a completely new conference experience built from the ground up based on years of research, exploration, and input from ALA members like you.

LibLearnX is education for library professionals, by library professionals, with a focus on active and applied learning and creative collaboration at live interactive sessions.

Here are just a few of the sessions to which you can look forward.

  • “Disrupting ‘fit’: Improving Recruitment and Retention in Academic Library Hiring”
  • “A Spoonful of Information Literacy”
  • “Diversity, Author Identity, and Metadata: Encouraging the Discovery of Hidden Voices”
  • “Tips for Interviewing in Academic Libraries”
  • “One Shot Instructions, Anti-Racism, and Information Literacy Pedagogies”
  • “Flexible and Equitable: Utilizing Universal Design in Online Instruction and Instructional Materials”
  • “Advancing Race and Social Equity in Library Communications”
  • “‘Pop-Up’ Makerspaces: Academic Library Outreach and Programming to Bridge a Digital Divide”

See the full list of more than 120 education sessions here.

While the focus of LibLearnX is on creating a high-quality learning experience, you’ll also have the chance to celebrate with colleagues at award ceremonies, hear from inspiring speakers, and interact with trend-setting exhibitors–all the features for which ALA conferences are known.

Advance registration rates end Tuesday, November 30, so register today. LibLearnX is available exclusively to ALA members.

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