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(via Walker Library, Middle Tennessee State University)

The editors of the upcoming book Privacy and Safety in Remote Learning Environments (working title) seek chapter proposals. The proposal submission deadline is Friday, January 21, and the editors are especially interested in proposals containing interdisciplinary perspectives. Please see below for more details on the book’s content and the submission process.


Online education is not a new phenomenon, but the Covid-19 pandemic caused a sudden and widespread shift online for many K-12 schools and higher education institutions that had little prior experience with it. Even as schools return to in-person classes, online platforms remain prevalent as backup and supplemental content delivery tools. While privacy issues related to education are not new, the sudden shift to online learning brought these concerns into sharp focus for many parents, educators, administrators, and researchers.

The objective of this book is to reflect on the unintended breaches of privacy, safety, and security that occurred during the rush to move classes online, and to examine and propose solutions for more responsible future use of the platforms.

This book will document how educational institutions approach privacy regarding students and educators, describe privacy initiatives implemented in response to online learning, and contribute to the growing discussion of how privacy and surveillance impact our users, especially students from our most vulnerable populations.

We encourage a broad range of contributions, including original research, case studies, pedagogical approaches, and critical reflection papers. We especially encourage contributions from K-12 and higher education educators, research centers, museums, and libraries that facilitate online learning or online curriculum, and from underrepresented and historically marginalized racial, social, and/or class groups. Interdisciplinary perspectives are highly encouraged.

Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following ones.

  • privacy policies of 3rdparty EdTech platforms (Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams, Schoology, etc)
  • parental “spying” and classroom privacy
  • family privacy and synchronous online schooling
  • online harassment among students (private chats, doxing, social media, etc)
  • cameras in student private spaces
  • surveillance of student online activities
  • exam proctoring software and privacy concerns
  • personally Identifiable Information in online learning systems and susceptibility to cybercriminals
  • privacy, storage, and deleti​on policies for recordings and data
  • handling data removal requests from students
  • appointing a privacy expert in schools, universities, or districts
  • how and why to perform security/privacy audits
  • student attitudes about online privacy
  • instructor privacy and safety concerns
  • libraries: privacy policies of e-book platforms
  • libraries: online reference services and transcripts
  • identity authentication best practices
  • learning analytics and “big data” in higher education

Submission Procedures

Potential contributors are invited to submit proposals of not more than 500 words for chapters of 3,000-5,000 words (not including tables/figures and references). All submitted chapters will be reviewed by at least two peer-reviewers on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project. Inquiries should be sent to the editors and proposals submitted via the submission form (link below).

Tentative Timeline

January 21, 2022 / Chapter proposals due

February 4, 2022 / Authors notified

April 4, 2022 / Final chapters due

June 15, 2022 / Post peer-review, final edits from editors/authors due

Fall, 2022 / Book published

The submission form is available here.

About the Book 

The book is published by Digital Scholarship Initiatives (DSI) at the James E. Walker Library, Middle Tennessee State University. DSI has been publishing peer-reviewed journals and hosting scholarly and creative works at MTSU since 2014. The book has no submission nor acceptance fees for manuscripts and will be published open access (free to read online), while also available as a print-on-demand option. Chapter contributions are published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial license (CC BY-NC 4.0).

About the Editors  

Denise Quintel (denise.quintel@mtsu.edu) and Amy York (Amy.York@mtsu.edu) are faculty librarians at the James E. Walker Library at Middle Tennessee State University. Collectively, the editors have a wide range of experience in web services and instructional technology. Please contact them with any questions.

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(via the National Library of Medicine)

The National Library of Medicine seeks recent graduates, including early- and second-career librarians, interested in advancing equitable and innovative futures for biomedical libraries to participate in a one-year fellowship that fosters the development of aspiring library leaders.

Position(s): National Library of Medicine Associate Fellows

Fellows will:

  • ​select and participate on projects ranging from o​perations to research and development; project opportunities are in data science, data management, open science, public access, vocabularies and ontologies, common data elements
  • grow professionally and learn in a cohort, participating in an established set of workshops
  • develop skills in data science, foundations for leadership
  • receive support from experienced mentors
  • attend professional conferences

The NLM Associate Fellowship Program offers a series of workshops in library operations, research and development, intramural and extramural research, development, and lifecycle of the NLM web-based products and services, and the extensive engagement and education program. In the second half of the year, Associate Fellows choose projects based on real-world problems proposed by library divisions and work with NLM staff over a six-month period. Successful projects have led to peer-review publications and to services that have become a regular part of the services and product of the National Li​brary of Medicine.

How many: between 3 and 6 Associate Fellows selected each year

Fellowship: one-year to learn about the National Library of Medicine, its products and services

Where: National Library of Medicine, campus of the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland. The Fellowship may be virtual in 2022-2023.

When: July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023

Stipend: $60,129; additional financial support for the purchase of health insurance; up to $1,500 in relocation funding

Eligibility: recent graduate (within the past five years) with a master’s in information science/library science

Deadline for applications: Friday, January 28, 2022

Apply online here. Applications and additional information are available online at “Associate Fellowship Program: How to Apply”.

Contact information: Kathel Dunn, Associate Fellowship Program Coordinator, at 301-827-4284 or kathel.dunn@nih.gov

Who is eligible?

All U.S. citizens who will have earned an MLS or equivalent degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited school by June 2022. Both recent graduates and librarians early in their career are welcome to apply.

The National Library of Medicine is located on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC. NLM is committed to recruiting and developing a workforce that is inclusive of a broad range of underrepresented people, including racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. NLM’s commitment to workforce diversity extends to advocating for diversity of thought and plurality of methods. A commitment to diversity is grounded in the belief that full participation of a diverse workforce improves team performance, engendering robust array of knowledge representations as well as culturally appropriate means of supporting discovery and delivering health information.

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Reminder: ACRLog Seeking Bloggers (Deadline Monday, January 31)

(via Jen Jarson, Penn State University)

Interested in writing for ACRLog? We’re looking for a few new bloggers to join our team!

We aim to have a group of bloggers who represent diverse perspectives on and career stages in academic librarianship. We are especially seeking librarians interested in writing about technical services, scholarly communication, technology, and related areas and/or those working at small colleges, community colleges, or private institutions, to balance the strengths of our other bloggers.

Members of the ACRLog blog team write on any issue or idea that impacts academic librarianship, from current news items to workflow and procedural topics to upcoming changes in the profession and more.

ACRLog blog team members typically publish individual posts every 6-8 weeks and sometimes collaborate with other blog team members on co-authored posts. Blog team members also contribute to the work of blog promotion and management (e.g., participate in 2-3 blog team meetings every year).

If you’re interested in joining the ACRLog blog team, please complete our application form. Applications are due Monday, January 31.

Proposals will be evaluated by the existing ACRLog blog team. We will strive to consider the following criteria.

  • diversity of race/ethnicity/sexual orientation/ability
  • voices from a range of academic institutions (for example, community colleges, small colleges) and job responsibilities within academic libraries (for example, cataloging, scholarly communications, etc.)
  • clear and compelling writing style
  • connection between day-to-day work and bigger conversations around theory, practice, criticism, LIS education, and other issues

Please send any questions to Jen Jarson at jmj12@psu.edu. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

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(via ​Dr. Kawanna Bright, East Carolina University)

The editors of the upcoming publication Bridging Research and Library Practice: Global Perspectives on Education and Training are seeking chapter proposals. The proposed edited volume will present case studies from multiple countries and highlight the voices of library and information science (LIS) educators, who teach research methods in LIS programs in different international contexts, and will also include voices of library practitioners who engage in research, and those who organize professional development programs and training in research methodology. Three members of the IFLA Library Theory and Research Section serve as editors: Krystyna Matusiak, Debbie Schachter, and Kawanna Bright.

The editors of the book are seeking chapter proposals from LIS practitioners engaged in research. These chapters, written as case studies, would focus on practitioners’ preparation for conducting research, experiences in designing and executing research studies, expanding research skills, and applying different research methodologies in practice.

Editors are interested in the experiences of practitioners working in all library settings, including academic, public, and school libraries. Library and information professionals working and researching in other LIS settings are also welcome to submit a proposal. Specifically, a global perspective to these topics is being sought, and so practitioners from all countries are encouraged to submit a proposal.

Submitting a Proposal  

Proposals for case study chapters should include the following information.

  • author(s) name, affiliation, e-mail and country of practice
    • if more than one author, please identify the corresponding author with an asterisk by the name.
  • proposed title for chapter
  • an abstract (150 to 250 words) detailing on what research experiences or projects the proposed case study would study
  • three objectives of the proposed chapter (what will readers learn about the research experience or project from the case?)

Complete proposals should be sent as an e-mail attachment to Dr. Krystyna Matusiak (krystyna.matusiak@du.edu) or Dr. Kawanna Bright (brightka19@ecu.edu) by Wednesday, January 12. The editors will review all submitted proposals and identify cases for inclusion in the book.

Notifications for accepted proposals will be sent by Wednesday, January 26. If accepted, first drafts of completed cases will be due by Thursday, March 31. The expected length for a chapter is 2,500 – 3,000 words.

Any questions can be submitted directly to the editors, Dr. Krystyna Matusiak (see above for e-mail address), Dr. Debbie Schachter (dschachter@langara.ca), and Dr. Kawanna Bright (see above for e-mail address.

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(via Sean Hogan, University of Baltimore)

The Association of College & Research Libraries, Maryland chapter, is sponsoring a virtual program on Tuesday, January 11, from 8:30 to 11:30 AM CDT. The program will focus on the topic of “Open Educational Resources and Equity”. The registration deadline is Friday, January 7. Please see below for more information.

What do you think about when somebody mentions Open Educational Resources (OER)? A lot of conversations about OER’s begin and end at the cost. OER’s are free of course. But there is much more to OER’s when it comes to equity. Equity of access, equity of participation, equity of representation, and equity of outcomes all play a role in promoting use of OER’s in your library and on your campus.

Please join ACRL MD and Nancy O’Neill, Associate Director of the William E Kerwan Center for Academic Innovation of the University System of Maryland for a morning of learning about OER’s and equity. In ad​dition, Maryland state library OER practitioners will share their experience and expertise. Outcomes from this program include summarizing key principles of OER’s in order to explain opportunities for adoption and creation, analyzing how library skills can be leveraged to advance use of OER’s, and identifying roles for librarians and campus partners to support OER’s at your institution.

To register, go here. Please direct any questions to shogan@ubalt.edu.

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

It’s a new year, and now is a great time to share your library’s 2021 renovations and new building by submitting your project to the ILA Reporter’s “Library Buildings 2021” article in the March, 2022, issue.

Submissions should include the following.

  • at least one high-resolution image of the exterior
  • at least one high-resolution image of the interior
  • name of the architect or architectural firm
  • type of project-either “renovation/expansion” or “new building”
  • total cost
  • service population
  • name of the library director
  • two-three quotes from patrons or users for a “What people are saying” section

Examples from past issues are available on the ILA website archive page (please see the March, 2020 and March, 2021 issues). The deadline for submissions is Thursday, January 20, and submissions should be sent via e-mail to ILA Administrative Coordinator Sarah Anderson, at sanderson@ila.org. We look forward to showcasing your project, large or small, from any type of library!

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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 Sarah Wade, Campbell University)

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit a proposal on or before Friday January 21, for a chapter in the upcoming publication Handbook of Research on Technological Advances of Library and Information Science in Industry 5.0. The submission should consist of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of the proposed chapter. Authors will be notified about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by Thursday, April 21 and all i​nterested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions here.

All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project. There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication.

Recommended Topics

  • library and information science
  • artificial intelligence
  • machine learning
  • deep learning
  • internet of things
  • big data
  • cloud computing
  • augmented reality
  • virtual reality
  • blockchain technology
  • smart libraries
  • high performance computing
  • quantum computing
  • gamification
  • research and surveys on libraries
  • medical libraries
  • robotics
  • data science

All proposals should be submitted through the eEditorial Discovery® online submission manager.

For additional details, and to submit a proposal, please go here. Please direct any questions to Barbara Holland, at barland1@gmail.com.

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(via Nicole Swanson, CARLI)

Registration is now open for the CARLI Professional Development Alliance webinars taking place in January. Please see below for more information.​​

“Libraries Within the Ecosystem of Digital Equity: A Panel on Practical Advice and the Bigger Picture”

Thursday, January 20, 1:00-2:30 PM CDT

Digital equity is not a new concept. Library workers have been tasked with addressing this issue since the dawn of personal computers, decades ago. However, the pandemic has thrown obstacles in the end game of making sure our communities are digitally equitable. A recent influx of funding from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 is also now on the table. Panelists will share how working towards digital inclusion requires a strong ecosystem of collaboration, how libraries fit within this ecosystem, and practical guidance on what the future holds for digital equity initiatives.

Register here.

“If You Have Emotions and You Know It Shout Hooray: Presenting Social Emotional Learning in Storytime”

Tuesday, January 25, 12:00-1:30 PM CDT

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) has always been an important part of education and human development. With the ongoing pandemic and shocking headlines, now, more than ever, we are prompted to help caregivers and young children learn how to express and understand their emotions. With the overwhelming amount of books in this genre, this webinar will help us choose books that involve SEL learning and also use (just about) any books, music and other storytime material to decipher feelings.

Register here.

“Working with Fire Professionals”

Tuesday, January 25, 2:00-3:00 PM CDT

Chief John High, Sr., from the Illinois Fire Service Institute, will look at identifying fire hazards, how to prevent them, and how the fire department will respond to the call. Learn how everyday items can help start a fire and how fast a fire can develop. Firefighters face a variety of hazards as they battle a burning building besides the heat and smoke. There are collapses of ceilings and walls, holes burned through the floors and live electrical and gas lines. When a fire occurs, the results are often devastating.

Register here.

“Creating Self-Led Foundational Literacy Kits for Child Care Centers”

Thursday, January 27, 1:00-2:30 PM CDT

Learn the basic steps and components to create early literacy kits for childcare centers in your area. With many outreach services put on hold, these boxes are an accessible tool for childcare providers to use in their centers. This session will walk participants through revamping existing outreach materials, or creating a new partnership initiative. You’ll leave this webinar with examples, ideas, and an excitement to get started on your library’s own Literacy Kits!

Register here.

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(via Nicole Swanson, CARLI)

Registration is now open for the CARLI Professional Development Alliance webinars taking place in January. Please see below for more information.

“Using Your Data to Make Decisions” (Collaborative Literacy Learning Series)

Tuesday, January 11, 9:30-11:00 AM CDT

Libraries have access to a considerable amount of data: from statistics about library use (circulation, program attendance, website, and online resources use), to data about their communities. The hardest part is often determining what data are needed to answer operational questions or how to turn those data into evidence-based decisions.

Participants will leave this session with an understanding of how to create better visualizations for decision-making, and how to ask the questions to collect actionable data through community and staff surveys.

Register here.

“Data Literacy in the Library” (Collaborative Literacy Learning Series)

Tuesday, January 11, 12:30-2:00 PM CDT

This 90-minute workshop will explore teaching the skill of data literacy in the library, and include practical programming ideas that can be adapted for a range of spaces and audiences. At the end of this session, attendees will be able to communicate data literacy principles and implement data literacy activities in their space.

Register here.

“Crafting Your Story with Data Visualizations”

Thursday, January 13, 1:00-2:30 PM CDT

What story are you telling with your data? What story do you want to tell with your data? This webinar on chart design for storytelling with data will introduce core design elements based on accepted best practices grounded in current visualization research. Webinar presenters will model strategies for designing and redesigning visualizations that tell stories, including chart selection, intentional use of color, and strategic use of text.

Register here.

“Tools You Can Use — Tools for Teaching Digital Literacy and Increasing Staff Confidence”

Tuesday, January 18, 1:30-3:00 PM CDT

Public libraries have long been leaders in bringing people into the digital world – providing programs and services that help patrons get jobs, gain knowledge, increase productivity, and engage with others online. Leveraging and strengthening existing library and community resources can help reduce staff burden and increase the library’s impact on digital literacy. Attendees will learn the importance of and best practices for digital literacy, as well as useful digital literacy tools and resources for library staff to employ when working with patrons and technologies.

Register here.

“The Before and After: Returning to Work with COVID Restrictions Still in Place”

Wednesday, January 19, 2:00-3:00 PM CDT

While it was challenging to work from home for 18 months, many feel returning to work with COVID restrictions still in place to be even more difficult. In this session, Joan Schuitema will explore some of the reasons for this such as continued isolation, the loss of workplace traditions and rituals, and grief associated with the loss of colleagues, friends, and family members. We will also try to identify ways to address these issues so as to improve our workplace experience.

Register here.

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