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Authorship Opportunity

Friday, November 7th, 2014

I’m looking for authors to contribute to an MLA-published book on librarians and translational research, scheduled for publication in late 2015. The book will highlight examples of librarian involvement in various phases of the translational research enterprise, including best practices, challenges and emerging opportunities. Librarians from various institutions are contributing case studies, organized thematically around the different phases of translational research. These case studies will highlight the great work we do, and demonstrate that librarians play important roles in the research enterprise.


If you’ve been working with researchers or administrators affiliated with your institution’s Clinical and Translational Science Award, or if you’ve got experience working with or supporting any phase of translational research, please consider writing a case study for this book! Sample case studies may include descriptions of projects or experiences working with:

  • basic/bench/preclinical investigators on translational research projects
  • clinical researchers
  • community members or community health organizations
  • health services, health policy or effectiveness research
  • national CTSA workgroups, task forces or committees (including former Key Function Committees)
  • development or  training/promotion of research tools, resources or services
  • collection development of resources and tools to support all phases of translational research
  • research networking tools, including portals, profile systems, software programs and apps
  • organizational infrastructure to support research, including regulatory committees, research administration services, compliance (NIH Public Access Policy, data management plans)
  • assessment or evaluation of research impact
  • teaching/training health sciences students, practitioners or faculty in translational research programs
  • training MLIS students (health sciences research, translational science, etc.)


If you are interested in contributing a case study to the book, or have any questions about this call for contributors, please contact Marisa ( by Wednesday, 26 November. Please provide a working title and a brief (~200 words) description of the topic, project or experience you would like to write about.


Thanks for considering!
Best, Marisa


Marisa L. Conte

Research and Data Informationist

Taubman Health Sciences Library


Call for book Chapters: The New Librarianship

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

This is a call for book chapters for The New Librarianship, a book that will focus on new roles and responsibilities for librarians in the digital environment, as well as new skill sets, new partnerships, and other exciting endeavors.  The book will be published by Scarecrow Press.

Topical areas suggested include:

  • information stewardship
  • research evaluation metrics
  • new skills and new roles
  • open access
  • scholarly publishing
  • the library as publisher
  • involvement, engagement, connection with patrons/customers
  • training
  • embedded librarianship
  • research data management and services
  • grant writing
  • virtual reference, instruction, etc.
  • e-science
  • innovative uses of technology
  • library mobile apps
  • information visualization
  • ILMS redefined
  • data literacy, media literacy, multi-literacy
  • institutional repositories
  • sustainable and effective assessment
  • exciting and innovative partnerships outside of and within the library
  • user-generated content
  • data curation
  • innovative uses of metadata standards and interoperability
  • new models for library services
  • mega-collaborations (shared print, shared services, etc.)
  • marketing/outreach services
  • “green” libraries
  • creating/reinventing new spaces in libraries
  • web-scale discovery tools
  • folksonomies

These are only a few of the topics that will be explored in this        book.  The editor is looking for case studies, thoughtful and        insightful opinions, and innovative new services and models for moving libraries forward.

 To submit book chapter proposals, please submit an abstract of approximately 100 words and a title for the chapter to Dr. Brad Eden at Deadline for proposals is November 25, 2013.  Deadline for accepted chapters to be submitted to the editor would be May 1, 2014.


Bradford Lee Eden, Ph.D

Dean of Library Services

Christopher Center for Library and Information Resources

Valparaiso University

Valparaiso, Indiana


Chapter proposals for The Small Library Manager’s Handbook

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Do you know how to manage a small public, special, or academic library well?  Would you be willing to share your expertise in one or more management areas with other librarians?

If so, you are invited to submit proposals for The Small Library Manager’s Handbook  to be co-published by the Medical Library Association and Rowman & Littlefield  in 2014.

I am editing this guide and am looking for concise, how-to chapters by practicing librarians in all types of libraries about your experiences managing a small library. This is a how-to book by librarians for librarians and LIS students.


In particular, we are looking for chapters that cover:


Administration (possible sub topics):

o   Managing time effectively

·         Generating realistic job descriptions

·         Developing effective staff

·         Creating annual reports

·         Determining strengths and weaknesses

·         Distinguishing library issues from institutional issues

·         Building partnerships and cooperative organizations


Marketing and Outreach (possible sub topics):

·         Building relationships with key members of the larger institution

·         Promoting the library within the organization and to the public

·         Programming

·         Creating community support

·         Recruiting and retaining volunteers

·         Creating a library website


 Finance and Fundraising (Possible topics are):

·         Establishing a budget

·         Locating funding sources for libraries

·         Writing successful grant proposals

·         Raising funds through events and Friends groups

·         Tracking purchases and expenditures


Collection Development, Management and Access (possible topics include):

·         Reconciling your library’s mission with the collection

·         Writing a collection development policy

·         Building a collection

·         Knowing when and what to weed

·         Cataloging tips for the non-cataloger

·         Accessing the collection

·         Building a collection of electronic resources

·         Choosing your ILS

·         Joining a library cooperative


Our target reader is the librarian in a small public, academic, or special library who either works by themselves or has a very small staff or volunteer group helping them.


Chapters should be self-contained, assume very little or no prior expertise in the area and make the reader’s work life easier.


Your chapter should:


(A) Begin by describing the nature of the function or task being covered, including its purpose and place in the day-to-day operation of the library;

(B)  Detail, in step-by-step fashion the best way(s) to go about the work, focusing on the time, staff, equipment, and financial resources (if any) involved or needed;

(C)  You may want to include a checklist or other handy tool to help readers visualize the work;

(D) Helpful tips, especially do’s and don’ts that will help readers avoid common problems or mistakes in the area; and

(E)  A very brief annotated list of recommended resources for further information, particularly those aimed at small libraries;

Contributions should be 3,000 to 4,000 words (about 10-15 pages, double-spaced, pages in New Times Roman 12 point type).  Chapters should be by a single author or at most two authors and should be original contributions.


Step One: Send a description of your topic in about 50 words, along with brief biographical information to by October 25, 2013. The Subject line should state the general topic/subtopic/your name, e.g. “Administration/Managing Time Effectively/Graves”


Step Two: When you are given the “go-ahead” you will have two months to submit your finished piece as a Word doc attached to an email. I will give you the format to use.


Payment will be one complimentary copy of the book for each author and a publication credit on your CV!

If you have any questions or need clarification, please email me at the address above.

Alice Graves, MLIS 

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