Saturday, February 9, 2019

Best Student Research Paper Award 2019 

Since 1950, through 67 volumes, Libri: International Journal of Libraries and Information Studies has been a leader among scholarly journals in the international library and information science world. As part of its strategy to remain one of the premier library and information science journals, Libri is issuing a call for “Best Student Research Paper of 2019.” This competition supports Libri’s goal of publishing the best articles from the next generation of library and information science professionals. We are proud once again to recognize the very best article with this special award.

Students who are currently enrolled for a Masters or PhD or who have completed their Masters or PhD during the 24 months preceding the closing date of the competition[1] are invited to submit articles with clarity and authority. There is no stated theme. Research papers should address one of the significant issues facing today’s librarians and information professionals. Case studies, best practices, and pure research papers are all welcome.
  • Length: approx. 5,000 – 7,000 words (excluding the abstract and list of references) 
  • Language: English 
  • Deadline: June 30, 2019

The best paper will be selected by an independent panel consisting of selected members of the Editorial Board, the Advisory Board and other international experts. Submissions will be judged on the basis of

  • originality of thought and observation 
  • depth of research and scholarship 
  • topicality of problems addressed 
  • the international readership of the journal 
  • the quality of the composition

The article will be published in the 2019:4 issue. The author of the winning article will be honoured with an award of 500.00 € and with a complimentary subscription to Libri for 2020.

Manuscripts should be submitted to When submitting a paper for the Best Student Research Paper Award, please choose “Best Student Research Paper Award” at the drop-down menu “Manuscript Type.”  

Author instructions and further indications of the scope of papers suitable for publication in Libri are available at the Libri site at

 All submissions should include a cover sheet confirming:

  • the name of the institution where the student is or was enrolled 
  • the degree for which the student is or was enrolled 
  • the dates when the student is or was enrolled 
  • the degree/course/module for which the paper was prepared 
  • the date when the paper was written

[1] Exception: Senior information scholars returning to school for additional degrees outside the field of library and information science are not eligible for this award.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Building Best Pactices to Serve Women & Girls - Call for Proposals

The Women, Information, & Libraries Special Interest Group in partnership with Libraries without Borders invites you to submit proposals for our session around Building Best Practices to serve Women & Girls at the IFLA World Congress in Athens, Greece, August 24-30th.

We are looking for proposals that outline concrete examples of how you have successfully or unsuccessfully reached out to and supported women and girls in your local community, gotten them into your spaces, attended your events, and what you have learned from those experiences. We are hoping for a wide variety of experiences from serving women and girls in cities, rural areas, indigenous communities, refugee camps, and everything in between.  We plan to build off these experiences during the session to publish a series of best practices and thematic kits to train actors around the world in empowerment of women and children across the globe.

Submit your abstract before March 10th to

Monday, January 28, 2019

Call for Photos: “2019 Best Practices from World Libraries” Photo Gallery

Libraries = strong communities imageThe International Connections Committee (ICC) of the International Relations Round Table (IRRT) at the American Library Association (ALA) cordially invites you to contribute a photo from your library that best demonstrates this year’s ALA initiative, Libraries=Strong Communities, and help us build the “2019 Best Practices from World Libraries” virtual photo gallery.  The photos will be displayed via our websites, publications and/or social media outlets. Selected submissions will be physically displayed at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. June 20-25, 2019.

The deadline for photo submissions is Friday, February 15, 2019.
If you use a Google account to submit, use the Google submission form to upload your image. Or email your submission to following the instructions, requirements and format below.

General Email Submission Instructions/Format
Subject line: “2019 Best Practices from World Libraries” Photo Gallery
Include the following information in your email:

  1.  Project Title (a short title for your library’s project)
  2.  Library and its Affiliation (e.g. Fogler Library, University of Maine)
  3.  Library Location (State/Province, Country; e.g. Illinois, USA)
  4.  Library Type (select from the following: Academic library, Public library, School library, Special Library or other)
  5.  Project Description (in under 200 words, describe why this project best demonstrates “libraries = strong communities”.)
  6.  Project Contact (project leader and email is preferred but optional; the contact information will not be publicly displayed)
  7.  Preferred Attribution for the Image (name of image owner)
*Image requirements: provide the image with the highest resolution you have; a horizontal photo that is at least 5400 pixels wide with 300 dpi is preferred.

Note:  With this submission, you grant the ALA, IRRT and ICC full permission to distribute, edit and build upon your work with attribution.

Additional questions regarding this contribution can be directed to the Chair of the IRRT International Connections Committee at

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries June 2-6, 2019 – Urbana-Champaign, IL

ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries June 2-6, 2019 – Urbana-Champaign, IL

ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries
June 2-6, 2019 – Urbana-Champaign, IL
Curated Knowledge. Connected People. Extraordinary Results.

UPDATED DEADLINE: January 25, 2019

JCDL welcomes interesting submissions ranging across theories, systems,
services, and applications. We invite those managing, operating, developing,
curating, evaluating, or utilizing digital libraries broadly defined, covering
academic or public institutions, including archives, museums, and social
networks. We seek involvement of those in iSchools, as well as working in
computer or information or social sciences and technologies. Multiple tracks
and sessions will ensure tailoring to researchers, practitioners, and diverse
communities including data science/analytics, data curation/stewardship,
information retrieval, human-computer interaction, hypertext (and Web/network
science), multimedia, publishing, preservation, digital humanities, machine
learning/AI, heritage/culture, health/medicine, policy, law, and privacy/
intellectual property.

Additional Topics of Interest:
In addition to the topics indicated above, the following are some of the many
topics that will be considered relevant, as long as connections are made to
digital libraries:

* Collaborative and participatory information environments
* Crowdsourcing and human computation
* Cyberinfrastructure architectures, applications, and deployments
* Distributed information systems
* Document genres
* Extracting semantics, entities, and patterns from large collections
* Information and knowledge systems
* Information visualization
* Infrastructure and service design
* Knowledge discovery
* Linked data and its applications
* Performance evaluation
* Personal digital information management
* Scientific data management
* Social media, architecture, and applications
* Social networks, virtual organizations and networked information
* User behavior and modeling
* User communities and user research

We invite submissions in many forms: short papers, long papers, panels,
posters, tutorials, and workshops. We also host a Doctoral Consortium.

Submission Deadlines:
Jan. 25, 2019 – Tutorial, workshop, full paper and short paper, and consortium
Jan. 29, 2019 – Panel, poster and demonstration submissions

Submissions are to be made in electronic format via the conference’s EasyChair
submission page. Please see the conference website for more details:

Call for Proposals: Makerspaces for Innovation and Research in Academics Conference

Call for Proposals: Makerspaces for Innovation and Research in Academics Conference
Proposal Submission Deadline: Feb 19, 2019
Notification of Acceptance: April 15 2019
Conference Registration Opens: Mar 18, 2019

The Makerspaces for Innovation and Research in Academics (MIRA) conference planning Committee seeks proposals for its
second annual conference at University of La Verne, La Verne, CA on July 10-11, 2019.

The MIRA Conference seeks to bring together a group of makers, librarians, educators and practitioners for a day of presentations, workshops,
discussions and networking. We encourage participation from all types of libraries, institutions and organizations.

Sessions can include, but are not limited to, the following areas:
·         How to set up a makerspace (costs, safety, staffing, training, location, value and buy-in, etc.)
·         How universities and schools are facilitating learning through making (hands-on training, integration into the curriculum, etc.)
·         Role of makerspaces in libraries and museums
·         How makerspaces inspire innovation and entrepreneurship (prototyping, disruptive technologies)
·         Future directions of makerspaces in education
·         Maker projects and concepts relating to machine learning, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and augmented reality
·         Environmental effects of makerspaces and systems put in place to reduce impact
·         Assessment of makerspaces and making
·         Using makerspaces to create partnerships
·         Civic and community engagement in makerspaces

Session Types (Active learning and interactive sessions are encouraged):
·         Pre-Conference Workshop (3 hours): An in-depth, interactive, hands-on, deeper and thorough exploration of a topic. Presenter will need to
bring their own equipment and supplies.
·         Workshop (45 mins): A hands-on training session. Presenter will need to bring their own equipment and supplies.
·         Lightning Talk (5 mins): A 5 minute session to share a quick overview of your ideas, experience, and programs.
·         Presentation (20/45 mins): A session that can include ideas, experiences, original research, engaging discussion questions or activities.
·         Roundtable Discussion (45 mins): A session that offers conversations in a casual, round table setting.
·         Panel Discussion (45 mins) : A session that brings together 2-5 presenters into a cohesive conversation intended to engage audience members.
·         Makerspace Exhibit (30 mins): A session that offers an opportunity to showcase your makerspace and its programming and services in an informal setting.

If you have any questions, contact Vinaya Tripuraneni, Planning Committee Chair,

Vinaya Tripuraneni, M.L.I.S., Ed.D.
University Librarian
Wilson Library
University of La Verne
1950 Third Street | La Verne, California | 91750
Office: 909 448 4300

Monday, January 14, 2019

Tackling Data in Libraries: Opportunities and Challenges in Serving User Communities

Tackling Data in Libraries: Opportunities and Challenges in Serving User Communities

Deadline is Friday, March 1, 2019

Submissions are invited for the IOLUG Spring 2019 Conference, to be held May 10th in Indianapolis, IN. Submissions are welcomed from all types of libraries and on topics related to the theme of data in libraries.

Libraries and librarians work with data every day, with a variety of applications - circulation, gate counts, reference questions, and so on. The mass collection of user data has made headlines many times in the past few years. Analytics and privacy have, understandably, become important issues both globally and locally. In addition to being aware of the data ecosystem in which we work, libraries can play a pivotal role in educating user communities about data and all of its implications, both favorable and unfavorable.

The Conference Planning Committee is seeking proposals on topics related to data in libraries, including but not limited to:  
  • Using tools/resources to find and leverage data to solve problems and expand knowledge,
  • Data policies and procedures,
  • Harvesting, organizing, and presenting data,
  • Data-driven decision making,
  • Learning analytics,
  • Metadata/linked data,
  • Data in collection development,
  • Using data to measure outcomes, not just uses,
  • Using data to better reach and serve your communities,
  • Libraries as data collectors,
  • Big data in libraries,
  • Privacy,
  • Social justice/Community Engagement,
  • Algorithms,
  • Storytelling, and
  • Libraries as positive stewards of user data.

The Conference Planning Committee encourages presentations that are practical, hands-on, and include take-awayable tools, techniques, and/or strategies that librarians, library staff, and information professionals can implement to improve their resources and services for patrons, students, faculty, etc.

We are especially interested in hearing from presenters who would like to lead a longer workshop around the conference theme. Workshops could cover multiple session times and have use of the on-site computer lab, if desired.

Presentations will be reviewed and selected by the Conference Planning Committee.

IOLUG is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for individuals to share and learn about current trends in libraries and technology to inspire innovation. IOLUG strives to:
  • Foster an environment for individuals to network and grow professionally in the area of Librarianship,
  • Provide opportunities for members to share current technology trends in libraries, and
  • Provide continuing education opportunities on current technologies that impact libraries.
Submit proposals at

IOLUG 2019 Conference

Thursday, January 10, 2019

CFP Deadline approaching for TCDL 2019

Texas Conference on Digital Libraries 2019


The deadline is approaching quickly!

Interested in presenting at TCDL 2019? Don't forget to submit your proposal by January 25th, 2019. Visit our website to learn more about this year's conference theme and how to submit your presentation ideas.

Are you looking for panel participants or have a topic you want to hear or learn more about?

The 2019 Program Committee has created a Google Spreadsheet for you to informally connect with other TCDL attendees who are seeking ideas and/or collaboration on session proposals for TCDL 2019. Please note that the spreadsheet is not monitored by TDL or the 2019 Program Committee and is not part of the official submission process.

Need inspiration?

Be sure to visit our Texas Conference on Digital Libraries Collection in TDL's DSpace repository to view presentations from TCDL 2018.


Our mailing address is:
Texas Digital Library
101 East 21st Street
Stop S5471
AustinTX 78712-1498

TCDL Planning Committee
Clarke Iakovakis (Chair), Oklahoma State University
Marcia McIntosh (Vice-Chair), University of North Texas
Shelley Barba, Texas Tech University
Jon Crossno, UT Southwestern
Taylor Davis-Van Atta, University of Houston
Taylor Fairweather, West Texas A&M University
Kara Long, Baylor University
Jeremy Moore, Texas State University
Jessica Neal, Trinity University
Mark Phillips, University of North Texas
Sarah Potvin, Texas A&M University
Linda Reynolds, Stephen F. Austin State University
Kristen Weischedel, UT Rio Grande Valley
Amanda Zerangue, Texas Woman's University

Got questions or suggestions? Email TDL Conference Coordinator, Loryn McCullick,

Learn more about TDL, our services, trainings, staff, and leadership at

Marcia McIntosh, MSIS