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Discussion Call for Proposals: CAPAL15: Academic Librarianship and Critical Practice

by Leona Jacobs on Mon, Sep 22, 2014 at 11:22 am

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Call for Proposals
CAPAL15: Academic Librarianship and Critical Practice
CAPAL/ACBAP Annual Conference – May 31-June 2, 2015
Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2015
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, Ontario

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Call for Proposals
CAPAL15: Academic Librarianship and Critical Practice
CAPAL/ACBAP Annual Conference – May 31-June 2, 2015
Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2015
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, Ontario

The Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL) invites you to participate in its annual conference, to be held as part of Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2015 in Ottawa, Ontario, which lies in unceded Algonquin territory. The conference offers librarians and allied professionals across all disciplines an alternative space to share research and scholarship, challenge current thinking about professional issues, and forge new relationships.

THEME
In keeping with the Congress 2015 theme, Capital Ideas, the focus of CAPAL15 is critical practice: the intersection of our work as librarians with purposeful critical reflection on the dominant ways of thinking, speaking, and acting that characterize academic librarianship. With academic librarians negotiating increasingly fraught settings in the academy and beyond, it is more important than ever that we inform our work with rigorous examination of our assumptions, practices, and environments, both through reflection and dialogue within the profession, as well as through engagement with other disciplines and communities.

CAPAL15 encourages the broad participation of all those with an interest in fostering critical inquiry in academic librarianship. We seek to cultivate multiple understandings of critical practice:

Practice: Critical practice asks us to consider the role of critical reflection in shaping our approaches to day-to-day professional practice. What do such concrete applications look like? How, for instance, do you apply feminist perspectives to your collections work? What does your library instruction session look like when designed through a critical pedagogy lens? What, more broadly, is the value of such applications of critical reflection?

Theory: Critical practice also points to the practice of critical theory itself – the interrogation of the limits of particular assumptions in academic librarianship and/or the investigation of LIS problems using theoretical frameworks from other disciplines. How, for instance, might postcolonial theory allow us to think more critically about intellectual freedom? What can political economy perspectives tell us about research practice in LIS?

Professional and civic engagement: Critical practice refers to critical exploration of our goals and struggles as a profession, as well their connection to other political goals such as the empowerment of students, faculty, and other members of the community, or the struggle to define universities as public space and research as public good.

POTENTIAL TOPICS

Our exchange of ideas at CAPAL15 will involve the pursuit of discussions spurred by any of these interpretations of critical practice or others, by their points of intersection, and even by the recognition of their limits. Papers presented might relate to any aspect of the following sub-themes (though they need not be limited to them):

  • Critical approaches to core practices: information literacy, collections, description, archives, copyright, metrics, technology, etc.
  • Critical reflections on core values: intellectual freedom, (open) access, privacy, preservation, professionalism, etc.
  • Critical reflections on professional issues: LIS education, deprofessionalization, governance, advocacy, etc.
  • Intersections of librarianship with social and global justice, equity, decolonization
  • Librarianship and higher education in relation to neoliberalism, austerity, and other socioeconomic phenomena
  • Critical library research practice and/or methodologies
  • Critical approaches to librarianship and culture
  • Critical reflections on working in and across different disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, sciences, and beyond
  • Critical theory and philosophy in librarianship

SUBMISSION INFORMATION

The Program Committee invites proposals for individual papers as well as proposals for panel submissions of three papers. Individual papers are typically 20 minutes in length. For individual papers, please submit an abstract of 400-500 words and a presentation title, along with a brief biographical statement, and your contact information. For complete panels, please submit a panel abstract of 400-500 words as well as a list of all participants including brief biographical statements, and a separate abstract of 400-500 words for each presenter. Please identify and provide participants’ contact information for the panel organizer. International proposals and proposals from non-members are welcome.

Please feel free to contact the Program Committee to discuss a topic for a paper, panel, or other session format. Proposals and questions should be directed to Dave Hudson, Program Chair, at dhudson@uoguelph.ca.

Deadline for proposals: December 8th, 2014

Further information about the conference, as well as Congress 2015 more broadly, will be available soon.

 

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Discussion Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award

by Kelly Robinson on Mon, Sep 8, 2014 at 12:48 pm

Dear colleagues,

The Distance Learning Section (DLS) of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is excited to be now accepting nominations for the annual Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award!

This prestigious award honors an ACRL member who has made valuable contributions to the field of distance librarianship.

Dear colleagues,

The Distance Learning Section (DLS) of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is excited to be now accepting nominations for the annual Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award!

This prestigious award honors an ACRL member who has made valuable contributions to the field of distance librarianship.

Award, Sponsored by Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group: A plaque to honor the winner’s achievements and $1,200 to attend the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. The award will be presented to the winner at a special ceremony during the conference.

Submissions must be received by December 5, 2014. Self-nominations are welcome!

For complete information about this award and the application form, please visit: http://www.ala.org/acrl/awards/achievementawards/dlsaward

 

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Discussion ACRL Program Proposals for 2015 ALA Annual Conference Due September 1

by Megan Griffin (staff) on Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 11:38 am

Dear ACRL Members:

As a reminder, ACRL program proposals for the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco are due September 1, 2014.  The ACRL Professional Development Committee will review proposal and select 2015 Annual Conference programs, with notifications issued in October 2014.  ACRL invites its committees, sections, interest groups and individual members to consider submitting program proposals.

Dear ACRL Members:

As a reminder, ACRL program proposals for the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco are due September 1, 2014.  The ACRL Professional Development Committee will review proposal and select 2015 Annual Conference programs, with notifications issued in October 2014.  ACRL invites its committees, sections, interest groups and individual members to consider submitting program proposals.

More details about the Annual Conference program process are on the ACRL website. Contact ACRL Program Officer Megan Griffin at mgriffin@ala.org or ACRL Manager of Professional Development Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org with questions concerning the program proposal process.

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Event ACRL - DLS Virtual Communications Committee Meeting

by Kimberly Bailey on Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 09:38 am

Hello all.  The first DLS Communications Committee Meeting will be held virtually on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 at 11:00 am (EST).    Information to join the meeting will be posted shortly.  You will be able to join through a link or by telephoning.

Sincerely,

Kimberly M. Bailey

DLS Communications Committee, Co-Chair

Event ACRL 101 & Membership Meeting (ACRL)

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Wed, Jun 25, 2014 at 07:37 pm

ACRL leaders will meet with the first-time attendees and explain how to get the most out of the ALA Annual Conference experience, as well as opportunities for engagement with ACRL. A membership meeting (30 minutes) will be followed by the orientation program.

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Discussion NMRT RESUME REVIEW APPOINTMENT DEADLINE EXTENDED

by Cheryl Blevens on Mon, Jun 23, 2014 at 09:22 am

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Event Tenure-track Support Systems: Perceptions of Academic Librarians

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 07:37 pm

In the tenure process for academic librarians, institutional support plays a major role in their success. A survey of tenure-track librarians was conducted to gauge their perceptions of financial, institutional and sometimes emotional support given by academic libraries to their librarians. In this session, we will discuss some key findings in how librarians perceive the support for tenure that they receive.

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Event Get Writing! Overcome Procrastination, Remove Roadblocks and Create a Map for Success

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 07:37 pm

Overcome procrastination, remove roadblocks and create a map for successful completion of your paper. In this hands-on workshop you’ll break down you writing project into manageable steps with deadlines and learn simple approaches and techniques for sticking to your schedule. Whether you’re just beginning the publishing process or are a more seasoned writer stuck on a project that needs to get out the door, this workshop will help you get going and stay on track.

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Event Are You Taking a Gamble on Your Academic Library Career by Having a Baby (or Two)?

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 07:37 pm

This program presented by two academic librarians, and coincidentally both mothers of identical twins, will explore what the research says about the impact of having children on an individual’s academic library career. The presenters will also lead a discussion about what individuals and ACRL can do to create better working conditions for parents.

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Event ACRL President's Program: Financial Literacy at Your Library

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 07:37 pm

The program will bring together leaders in financial advising and higher education to discuss ways in which college students especially can learn how to more effectively manage their finances. Featuring speakers Ferris State University President David Eisler and Washington Post columnist and financial educator Michelle Singletary, the program will highlight ways in which librarians and libraries can partner with others on and off campus to aid our students in these endeavors.

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