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(via Rene Tanner, Arizona State University)

Call for Submissions: Sustainability in Libraries

The book Sustainability in Libraries, edited by Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Monika Antonelli, Adrian K. Ho, and René Tanner, will be published by ALA Editions. This work will offer insights into the important developments on how librarians provide leadership and how libraries serve as models for sustainable practices. The editors are seeking articles from a variety of perspectives on topics related to sustainability–including crisis preparation, response, and recovery–within the library profession.

Objective of the Book

In 2019, the American Library Association adopted Sustainability as a new Core Value. This book will provide direction to library personnel and libraries as institutions to position themselves as connectors, conveners, and catalysts for the changes needed. “Sustainability” is not an end point but a mindset, a lens through which operational and outreach decisions can be made. With the climate crisis upon us and its devastating impact on wildlife, oceans, air quality, soil, and the very fabric of life on Earth, we are compelled to find answers and provide direction for our library communities whether they be rural, suburban, metropolitan, schools, or institutions of higher learning. The examples and ideas shared in this edited volume will have far reaching potential and bolster the United Nations’ work on the Sustainable Development Goals, which seek to create a more sustainable future for all.

Suggested Topics

The book chapters will be divided into three main themes for sustainable action.

Theme #1: Libraries as Inspiration & Catalysts – Content that would fall under this theme include topics and examples related to how libraries may provide leadership and serve as a model for sustainable practices through facility stewardship, innovative service design, and outreach and partnership practices.

Theme #2: Libraries as Conveners & Connectors – Content that would fall under this theme include topics and examples related to how libraries work collaboratively through visionary partnerships to facilitate collective impact work to address existing challenges and opportunities with a focus on community well-being and self-reliance.

Theme #3: Libraries as Contributors to Community Resilience – Content that would fall under this theme includes topics and examples of how libraries contribute to future community resilience. For example, active participation in library-centric or community-based resilience/disaster preparedness, response, and recovery efforts and work that contributes to creating a culture of respect, understanding, and empathy in the library’s service area.

Target Audience

The intended audience for this book is people working in public, school, academic, special, rural, and urban libraries. In addition, this book will include instructional materials to be used in Library and Information Science programs to educate future library practitioners about Sustainability, the newest Core Value of Librarianship.

Special Considerations

High-quality, large file, professional, black and white images are encouraged to enhance the text. Unless they are public domain or openly licensed for commercial use, a permission release will be required for each image submitted. A model release form will be necessary for any images with recognizable people in them. The person must be a legal adult or have a parent’s permission to use the image.

Submission Guidelines

The editors welcome submissions from authors who are interested or have experience creating sustainable libraries or working on topics of sustainability in connection with libraries. The editors are open to a variety of submissions including research articles, how-to articles, essays, and interviews. Manuscript submissions should comply with APA Style.

The editors are looking for submissions about sustainability in libraries that emphasize scalable approaches that can be applied to a variety of libraries at different levels. Brief proposals about programs and partnerships that provide inspiration and actionable takeaways are encouraged. Submit a summary of your proposed article (300 words or less) to Sustainability in Libraries here.

The development of manuscripts will be done in phases. After comments are returned to authors regarding accepted chapter summary proposals, a chapter outline (500 words or less) will be requested.

Once authors receive acceptance for their chapters they will submit their final manuscripts in .doc or .docx format. Suggested length is 2,000 to 3,500 words.  Manuscripts should comply with APA style guidelines.

Timeline:

  • Chapter Summary Proposal deadline:  June 15, 2020
  • Notification by editors of proposal acceptance: July 15, 2020
  • Chapter Outlines deadline:  August 17, 2020
  • First Manuscript Drafts deadline: October 1, 2020
  • Additional key dates will be sent to successful proposal writers.

For additional information, please contact:

Adrian Ho, Director of Digital Scholarship, University of Kentucky, at hoadriank@gmail.com; or

Rene Tanner, Liaison Librarian, Humanities Division, Arizona State University, at rene.tanner@asu.edu.

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(via the American Library Association)

Two weeks ago, we addressed several copyright issues on AL Live. We received so many audience questions and comments that our expert panel is back for a second session, where we’ll continue the discussion of how libraries can address these challenges. We’​ll also share practical tips and information about which digital content providers have loosened restrictions on their materials during this pandemic.

Panelists include:

• Lesley Ellen Harris, CEO of Copyrightlaws.com
• Jill Hurst-Wahl, associate professor of pr​actice, Syracuse University School of Information Studies, and president of Hurst Associates, Ltd.
• Kenneth D. Crews, attorney, Gipson Hoffman & Pancione, and international copyright consultant​

Tune in to this free 60-minute webcast, starting at 11:00 AM CDT on Friday, April 17. Don’t miss out! Register now.

Registration and attendance for this event is limited, but a recording will be posted on our AL Live page as soon as it is available.

In case you missed our previous Libraries and COVID-19 Webinars:

• Libraries and COVID-19: Managing Strategies and Stress
• Libraries and COVID-19: Providing Virtual Services
• Libraries and COVID-19: Considering Copyright during a Crisis
• Libraries and COVID-19: Using 3D Printing to Make Personal Protective Equipment

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(via Cynthia Romanowski, Governors State University)

The ACRL Technical Services Interest Group invites presentation proposals for its ALA Annual Conference in Chicago on Sunday, June 28, from 4:00 to 5:00 PM.

The ACRL Technical Services Interest Group seeks speakers to submit proposals for short (15-20 minutes) presentations.  The charge of the Interest Group is “To provide a broad framework for information exchange on current developments and activities related to technical services including, but not limited to, collection development, collection management, acquisitions, metadata services and resource discovery and delivery in academic libraries; To develop programs and foster and sponsor education and training opportunities that contribute to and enhance an understanding of acquisitions, metadata services and resource discovery and delivery in academic libraries; To better connect technical services librarians with ACRL and to enhance technical services.”.

We would particularly like to hear from prospective presenters who wish to share their experiences with various issues regarding current developments and activities within the context of Academic Libraries’ Technical Services.

Please complete the online form by Friday, April 3We will select and notify presenters by Friday, April 10.

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(via Lorelei Rutledge, University of Utah)

The ALA LLAMA (Library Leadership & Management Association) Mentoring Committee is recruiting for both mentors and mentees for our July 2020-June 2021 year. The LLAMA Mentoring Program pairs librarians who are currently in leadership positions with librarians who are interested in becoming leaders. This year, in the spirit of increased collaboration between LLAMA, ALCTS, and LITA, members of all three divisions are eligible to participate.

For mentors, it is a chance to pass on your experience and knowledge by working one-on-one with an enthusiastic colleague who is ready to learn and benefit from your experience.

For mentees, it is a great opportunity to learn from an accomplished leader how to:

  • Explore your leadership potential;
  • Demonstrate leadership in your current position;
  • Acquire the skills, attitudes, and relationships that you will need to move into leadership roles.

Participants must be ALA members and members of ALCTS, LITA, or LLAMA at the start of the program, and must either attend the Mentor/Mentee orientation at ALA Annual or be able to participate in a virtual orientation at a time to be determined.

The deadline to apply to become a mentor or a mentee is Friday, February 28,.

To apply to become a mentor, go here. To apply to become a mentee, go here.

For more information about the LLAMA Mentoring program, contact Mentoring Committee Chair Mary Moser, at Mary.Moser@umb.edu, or Lorelei Rutledge, at Lorelei.Rutledge@utah.edu.

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(via Penny Scott, University of San Francisco)

Call for Proposals

The Business Reference in Academic Libraries Committee of ALA’s BRASS (Business Reference and Services Section) seeks proposals for engaging presentations to be part of an online symposium via Zoom on Friday, April 24. Proposals may be submitted by anyone, but priority consideration will be given to proposals from BRASS members. Proposals should describe a 45-minute session (30 minutes for presentation with 15 minutes for facilitated discussion and/or question-and-answer) that relates to some aspect of business librarianship in an academic library setting. We seek proposals that will be interactive and provide practical takeaways for participants.

Proposal Components

Title (50 words or less): Interesting and descriptive
Abstract (250 words or less): Summary of your presentation
Session outcomes (2-3): Describe what participants will learn during your session that they can apply at their library or in their role as a business librarian
Long Description: Describe how you will engage participants in an online session and make your presentation interactive. Detail the practical components of your presentation — what will you teach attendees that will enrich their professional practice? What materials will you share (LibGuides, Lesson Plans, etc) with attendees that can be used as a reference or model?
Suggested topics should fall under the broad heading of interdisciplinary collaborations, and should include, but are not limited to:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Data literacy and/or data visualization
  • The business information literacy one-shot
  • Creating effective online instruction for business information literacy
  • Building liaison relationships/instruction programs with difficult-to-reach departments (which may include: accounting, finance, human resources management, and business technology)
  • Developing business programming at your library
  • Advocating for new resources or program funding

The call for proposals will close on Friday, March 6. Please click here to submit proposals.

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(via Chapel Cowden, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga)

The call has been extended for our POSTER Session at ALA Annual in Chicago, IL. All submissions are due by 10:59 PM CDT on Thursday, January 30. The Poster Session will be held on Sunday, June 28, 2020. You DO NOT need to be a member of STS to submit a proposal.

Submissions Posters should cover research endeavors or practitioner projects that enhance science and technology librarianship.  Proposals should provide useful and practical findings, and describe opportunities for discussion with participants. Your submission should include:

  • brief background information about your project,
  • the research question or problem that drove your project,
  • the methods used,
  • your findings and a brief discussion that includes the impact of your project.

Your proposal should total no more than 250 words. Because this is a blind review process, be sure to include your name, institution, phone, and email addresses of all participants (not part of word count) separate from your abstract (the form has separate fields for these items).

Please submit your proposal via this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSccY52WdFBD6gbQq-QBNp-3gzOFa1t36b6BxVfOfpIgzJaAKA/viewform?usp=sf_link

Acceptance of proposals reflects a commitment by the author(s) to present at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL. Travel support from STS is not available. Specific logistical details will follow upon acceptance.  If you have any questions, please ask the STS Research Committee co-chairs:

Chapel Cowden, chapel-cowden@utc.edu

Rachel Hamelers, rachelhamelers@muhlenberg.edu

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(via RAILS)

ALA invites library workers to apply for a new annual grant to support innovative and meaningful community engagement efforts in libraries. The Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant will provide $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.

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.

Applications will be accepted through February 3. View the full award guidelines and apply online.

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(via Melissa Harden, University of Notre Dame)

Is there an instruction issue you wish more folks were talking about?

The Instruction Section (IS) Current Issues Virtual Discussion Forum is an opportunity for library workers to explore and discuss pressing topics related to library instruction and information literacy. The IS Discussion Group Steering Committee welcomes topic proposals from individuals who are interested in facilitating the discussion. We strongly encourage proposals that promote participant reflection and discussion.

Proposals will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • clarity of focus
  • how well the topic lends itself to meaningful discussion
  • observed significance of the proposed issue for library workers and learners

The Discussion Group Steering Committee will support the selected facilitator by issuing a second call for panelists in addition to hosting and publicizing the forum.

Application Deadline: Thursday, February 27, 2020, 11:59 PM EDT

To submit a proposal, please use the online submission form, https://forms.gle/KHHSmWX6dvt3dNeu6.

Applicants will be notified by March 31, 2020.

To see examples of past discussion topics, view the digests of past discussions online (https://acrl.ala.org/IS/is-committees-2/committees-task-forces/discussion-group-steering/all-current-issue-discussion-digests/).

Questions?

Contact the ACRL IS Discussion Group Steering Committee Chair, Melissa Harden (mharden@nd.edu) or Vice-Chair, Kristy Nowak (kristy.nowak@colostate.edu).

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(via Dr. Amanda Folk, The Ohio State University)

The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) is accepting paper submissions for the LRRT Research Forum at the 2020 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago, IL. The LRRT Research Forum will feature 15-minute presentations of library and information science (LIS) research followed by discussion. Proposals are due Friday, January 17.  Notification of acceptance will be made in mid-February 2020.

Description of the Session

This session will present three peer-reviewed papers describing research with the potential to make significant contributions to the field of library and information science (LIS). The three papers will be selected as examples of research excellence, with a focus on work exemplifying strong use of theory, clear and well-organized research design, and appropriate data gathering and analysis methods.

Submissions emphasizing the problems, theories, methodologies, or significance of research findings for LIS are welcome. Topics can include information access, user behavior, electronic services, service effectiveness, emerging technologies, organizational structure, and personnel. 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 nonmembers of LRRT are welcome.

The selection committee will use a blind 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. Criteria for selection include:

  • Significance of the research problem to LIS research and practice
  • Quality and creativity of the methodology/methods/research design
  • Clarity of the connection to existing LIS research

Please note that research accepted for publication by January 31, 2020 cannot be considered.

Each submission must consist of no more than two pages. On the first page, list the author names, titles, institutional affiliations, and contact information, including mailing addresses and email addresses.

The second page must NOT show your name or any personally identifying information. Instead, it must include:

  • The paper title
  • A 500-word abstract of the research project, including: 1) a problem statement and significance, 2) project objectives, 3) methods/methodology, and 4) conclusions (or tentative conclusions for work in progress)
  • A brief statement saying if the research is complete or ongoing and listing the project beginning and end dates.

Send submissions via e-mail to Audrey Church, churchap@longwood.edu, with the subject line: LRRT Research Forum Proposal

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(via Tony Melvyn, OCLC)

Plan to join your OCLC resource sharing colleagues for updates on WorldShare Interlibrary Loan, Tipasa, ILLiad, and Relais. We’ll also have time for discussions of timely ILL topics.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

4:00 – 5:30 PM, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 103-C

Register here.

Also, you are invited to join our other OCLC programs and events at ALA Midwinter as we connect conversations across our community. Our key events-all taking place in the Pennsylvania Convention Center-include:

  • Hot Topics in OCLC booth 1541 where OCLC experts present for 15-minutes on topics such as EZproxy Analytics, WorldCat quality, OA resources, GreenGlass, and more
  • A linked data roundtable on Saturday, 10:30-11:30 am
  • The popular OCLC Research Update on Monday, 10:30-11:30 am

Please also visit us at OCLC booth 1541 for product demonstrations and answers to your questions.

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