Tuesday, November 27, 2012

First call for feature articles for the Winter 2013 issue of Kentucky Libraries

This is the first call for feature articles for the Winter issue (vol. 77 #1) of Kentucky Libraries. The deadline for the Winter issue is December 15; distribution is scheduled for mid-February 2013.

Important note: References at the end of the manuscript as well as in-text references must be in MLA style. For the accepted form, please consult the newest edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th ed.) or http://www.dianahacker.com/resdoc/p04_c08_o.html. (Articles lacking proper citations will be returned to the authors.)

For questions of grammar, punctuation and style please consult the Rochester Institute of Technology Grammar and Style Guide at http://www.rit.edu/upub/grammar-and-style-guide.

Publication Guidelines and Guidelines for Letters to the Editor are published in every issue of Kentucky Libraries  on the inside back cover, and are online http://www.klaonline.org/478.cfm.  You may also contact Robin Harris if you have questions.

Please send your article as a Word attachment to robin.harris@louisville.edu.

December 15 for the Winter issue, published in mid-February
March 15 for the Spring issue, published in mid-May
June 15 for the Summer issue, published in mid-August
September 15 for the Fall issue, published in mid-November

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Monday, November 26, 2012

November IN-FO-CUS available now

The latest issue of IN-FO-CUS, the KLA newsletter, is available online at:


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

LITA Forum 2013 (held in Louisville) Call for Proposals

LITA (Library Information Technology Association) is seeking proposals for high quality full-day pre-conferences, 50-minute concurrent sessions and poster sessions for its 2013 Forum, which will take place in Louisville, November 7-10, 2013.

The forum committee is particularly interested in submissions from first time presenters, library school students, and individuals from diverse backgrounds, including representatives from all types of libraries. Please share with your students and colleagues.

Due date for proposals: February 25, 2013

Theme: Creation, Collaboration, Community

Proposals should relate to the themes of creation, empowering library users, collaboration, cooperation, and building or engaging communities. Proposals may cover projects, plans, ideas, or recent discoveries. We accept proposals on any aspect of library and information technology.

The Forum Committee is especially interested in presentations highlighting projects that involve the creation of library spaces, the maker movement, and innovative solutions to pragmatic problems. It also encourages sessions that are hands-on.

Possible ideas for topics might include:

Maker spaces/Maker Movement
Creation of New Library Spaces
Data Curation
User Experience
Web Services
Digital Libraries
Institutional Repositories

The format of the presentations may include single- or multi-speaker formats, panel discussions, moderated discussions, case studies and/or demonstrations of projects.

Vendors wishing to submit a proposal should partner with a library representative who is testing/using the product.

Presenters will submit draft presentation slides and/or handouts on ALA Connect in advance of the Forum and will submit final presentation slides or electronic content (video, audio, etc.) to be made available on the web site following the event. Presenters are expected to register and participate in the Forum as attendees; discounted registration will be offered.

Submit proposals to:

The online form will ask for:

Contact information
Program Description (100 Words) (Please exclude any information identifying the presenter(s) or his/her/their organization.)
Participatory elements of the presentation
Level indicator (Introducing, Implementing, Innovating)
Brief biographical information
Whether you would like to consider a paper in ITAL based upon your talk
Do you agree to be streamed: yes or no

You will be notified about the status of your proposal by mid-April, 2013

Any questions regarding the Forum? Please contact the LITA Office:
(312) 280-4268

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

OVGTSL: Call for Proposals

Meeting Challenges, Leading Change:  Ohio Valley Group of Technical Services Librarians 2013 Conference
Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY
May 15-17, 2013

Description: Many and great are the challenges faced by technical services librarians:  increasing costs of library resources, shrinking budgets, implementation of new cataloging rules, changes in technology, staff training, preserving materials, and digitization. Yet technical services librarian meet these challenges head-on, leading their libraries in creating innovative services for the information needs of library users. You are cordially invited to come and share with other how you are meeting challenges and leading change at your library.

Proposal Information: The Conference Program Committee invites forward thinking submissions in all areas related to technical services librarianship: acquisitions, cataloging, serials, electronic resources, and preservation in academic, public, and special libraries. Participants are strongly encouraged to think about the challenges we face, how we are meeting those challenges, and how we are leaders of change within technical services and in our libraries as a whole. Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

  • Leadership in technical services 
  • Collaboration within and outside the library
  • Emerging roles for technical services/technical services librarians 
  • New staffing models in technical services
  • Metadata: creation, reuse, and interoperability 
  • Integration of metadata with traditional cataloging workflow 
  • Authority control 
  • The catalog: what is its future? 
  • Meeting the challenges of RDA implementation 
  • Special formats cataloging 
  • Increasing costs and shrinking budgets: meeting financial challenges 
  • Patron-driven acquisitions and services 
  • Vendor relations with technical services 
  • Managing the collections: de-selection and inventory 
  • Linked data publishing and applications 
  • Local documentation practices 
  • Managing government documents: access and de-selection issues
  • Cloud-based solutions in technical services 
  • Digital library projects
  • Digital object curation and preservation 
  • Network level data management
  • Role of technical services in open access and scholarly communication 
  • Open source tools and platforms in technical services

Participants are invited to submit proposals that address emerging trends, report on recent research, or demonstrate new services, projects, and tools.Time slots for all sessions are 50 minutes in length; this time includes the presentation itself and questions from the audience. Submissions will also be accepted for lightning rounds and round tables.
Submit the following information to margaret.foote@eku.edu by Friday, December 14, 2012:

  • Title of presentation 
  • Abstract (no longer than 250 words) 
  • Names, affiliations, and contact information of all presenters 
  • Primary contact for presenters
  • Format (presentation, lightning round, round tables)
  • Equipment and other special needs

Presenters will be notified of proposal acceptance by February 1, 2013.

For more information contact Margaret Foote, vice-chair, Ohio Valley Group of Technical Services Librarians.


The Ohio Valley Group of Technical Services Librarians (OVGSTL) was founded in 1924 and draws its members from the states of Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. The annual conference rotates among these three states on a regular basis. Membership is open to anyone interested in library technical services.

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Thursday, November 01, 2012

Assistant Professor/Librarian at WKU-Owensboro

Western Kentucky University, Owensboro Regional Campus, is seeking applicants for the position of Assistant Professor/Librarian in the Department of Library Public Services. This position is located on the Owensboro Campus. This is a ten-month, tenure-eligible faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor. The position begins on July 1, 2013.

WKU-Owensboro (WKU-O) enrolls approximately 1200 students and employs over 80 faculty and staff members. The WKU-O campus, approximately 70 miles from the main campus in Bowling Green, offers a wide variety of degree programs and serves the western Kentucky and southern Indiana area. With a population of 58,000, Owensboro sits on the south shore of the Ohio River and is located in Daviess County.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
The following duties are customary for this position, but are not to be construed as all-inclusive. Duties may be added, deleted, and assigned based on management discretion and institutional needs. All tenure-eligible positions involve, in addition to regular job duties, assigned committee work and  research/publishing.

  • Supervise and manage the WKU-Owensboro Campus Library services, material, and personnel, including student assistants

  • Provide reference service, research instruction (primarily on using online databases), and library orientation to WKU-O faculty and students

  • Do collection development for the undergraduate and graduate programs offered at WKU-Owensboro and for assigned areas of the main campus library

  • Serve as liaison to main campus academic departments

  • Work with the Extended Library and Off-Campus Services Librarian to assure quality service to the WKU-O students

NOTE: This position requires regular, periodic travel between Owensboro and the main campus in Bowling Green.

Required Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited Master's degree in Library or Information Science, plus a subject Master's, specialist, or other advanced degree

  • Prior library experience in a professional position

  • Recent experience with various instructional technologies and digital resources in a library setting

  • Experience providing reference services and instruction

  • Ability to meet the promotion and tenure criteria of the Department

Salary: commensurate with education and experience.

Please send application materials to:

Katherine Pennavaria
WKU-Glasgow Library
500 Hilltopper Way
Glasgow, KY 42141

Western Kentucky University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, or marital status in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices in accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Persons with disabilities, who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the application and/or selection process, should notify The Office of Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/University ADA Services at (270) 745-5121, a minimum of five working days in advance.

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