Call for Manuscripts- Journal of Web Librarianship- Jan. 2013

The *Journal of Web Librarianship* is pleased to announce an upcoming special issue on the topic of *data-driven decision making for the library web*, edited by Meris A Mandernach.

Data-driven decision-making in the realm of library web sites is an emerging and ever-evolving goal for libraries of all types and sizes. As data becomes more available and easily accessible, the use of that data for decision making to support the user experience in online systems, discovery tools and websites is of the utmost importance.  Though both qualitative and quantitative data should be used for informing decisions in libraries, this issue’s scope will focus on quantitative data sources such as:

·         Web analytics, including Google Analytics

·         Log reports (search logs, system logs)

·         Heat maps

·         Vendor usage reports

·         Third-party statistics and logs

·         Public data from Twitter and other social sites

Additionally, this issue will focus on how data from the above sources is used to support decisions about all aspects of the library’s virtual presence, including

·         Discovery tools

·         Library websites

·         Library systems

·         Mobile sites and interface

Submissions should clearly state one or more research questions or, for more practical articles, a decision that was or will be supported by the data, and explain the type of data sources used.

Query letters and preliminary proposals are welcome any time if potential authors would like to discuss their ideas with the issue editor. Please submit queries and manuscripts to guest editor Meris Mandernach at Please refer to the JWL web site, for Instructions for Authors.

Meris Mandernach is Head of Research Services at The Ohio State University Libraries.  She has published numerous articles and book chapters on topics related to reference, usability testing, discovery systems, and chemistry information literacy.

*Issue Timeline:*

Initial Manuscript Submission deadline: January 31, 2013

Notices to authors: April, 2013

Final Acceptance: June, 2013

Issue Publication: October, 2013


The Journal of Web Librarianship

Meris Mandernach, Special Issue Editor

Jody Condit Fagan, Editor

Email: at gmail dot com


Submit a paper for SLA 2013 in San Diego!

We know you have a good program, successful activity, or great lesson learned that you’d like to share with the SLA membership. Please submit an abstract for the Biomedical & Life Sciences Division (DBIO) contributed papers session at SLA 2013 to share what you’ve learned or done!

Previous Contributed Papers sessions at SLA have included topics such as:

*         Using Patient Literacy and Knowledge to Optimize the Delivery of Health Information

*         The Missing Link: Libraries’ Use of Alert Systems to Provide Information on Health-Related Risks

*         Role of Librarians in the Development of Computer-Mediated Social Networks: Challenges and Lessons Learned From VIVO Implementation and Outreach.

*         Librarian Involvement in a Family Medicine Clerkship Patient Education Project: A Case Report

*         Road to Open Access in the Sciences: Exploring Publishing Trends in OA Journals at York University


The SLA Biomedical & Life Sciences Division Contributed Papers Committee invites proposals for papers presenting original research, innovative projects or other professional activities of interest to the SLA Biomedical and Life Sciences Division. SLA 2013 will be held June 9 -11 2013 in San Diego, California.

Abstract: : A 200-500 word abstract should accurately convey the subject of the paper, its scope, and conclusions.  The following website may be helpful for creating your abstract:  Abstracts will be scored on evidence of scholarship, methodology, originality, timeliness of the topic, compatibility with 20 min. presentation, and relevance to DBIO members and other SLA attendees.

**Updated Deadline for Submission of Abstracts: January 2nd, 2013**

Papers: If chosen, acceptance of your paper reflects a commitment on your part to:

1) Submit the complete text of your paper to the program convener by May 15, 2013 for inclusion on the DBIO Contributed Papers website.

2) Present your paper at the SLA annual conference in San Diego, CA (max. 20 minutes).

3) Where appropriate and feasible, offer a brief demonstration or representation of your project during your presentation.

Submit Abstracts to:

Amy Donahue, Medical College of Wisconsin
amy dot e dot donahue at gmail dot com

Please put “SLA-DBIO Contributed Paper Submission” in Subject line

Deadline approaching!! MLA grants available!

MLA Research, Development, and Demonstration Project Grant

Application Deadline: December 1, 2012

The Medical Library Association invites applications for its Research, Development, and Demonstration Project Grant. The MLA Research, Development, and Demonstration Project Grant is awarded annually to support projects that will promote excellence in the field of health sciences librarianship and information sciences. Grants will not be given to support an activity that is operational in nature or has only local usefulness. Grants range up to $1,000, and more than 1 grant may be awarded in a year. The deadline for applications is December 1, 2012, and the application form is available at For questions, please contact Kathleen Amos, Jury Chair, at kamos at phf dot org.

Want to go to Istanbul? Present at the European Conference on Information Literacy!

Even if you’re not an academic health sciences librarian, information literacy is important to your patrons!  It’s about the learning process, not just searching in a database.  An information literate person will have the  ability to recognize a problem or question, find information, appraise the information, understand ethical/legal implications, and use it to accomplish something.  Sound familiar?  Yes, it’s basically the same steps as evidence-based practice.  EBP is information literacy in a new setting- in the hospital, in the doctor’s office, in a laboratory, in a dentist’s office.  So take a chance, submit a proposal!  You have till December!

European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL)<>

October 22-25, 2013, Istanbul, Turkey

ECIL is Organized by the Department of Information Management of Hacettepe University and Department of Information and Communication Sciences of Zagreb University. It is an international conference supported by Turkish National Commission for UNESCO, Information Literacy Section of IFLA and many other prestigious universities, associations, and organizations actively involved in media and information literacy.

Aim & Scope

Information Literacy, Media Literacy and Lifelong Learning being the main theme, ECIL aims to bring together researchers, information professionals, media specialists, educators, policy makers, employers and all other related parties from around the world to exchange knowledge and experience and discuss current issues, recent developments, challenges, theories, and good practices.

Important Dates

First Call: July 2012
Second Call: October 2012
Third Call: December 2012

Submission deadline for contributions: 1 February 2013
Notification of acceptance: 5 April 2013
Deadline for submitting final versions: 15 May 2013
Conference sessions: 22-24 October 2013
Conference tour: 25 October 2013

Abstract & Paper Submission

The conference will be composed of several types of contributions, such as full papers, posters, PechaKucha, best practices, workshops, panels, special sessions, doctoral forum, each has different requirements and restrictions regarding the length, time allocation and content. Contributions should be prepared using the templates available through the Conference web site and submitted electronically via the conference management system by February 1, 2013. Contributions will be peer-reviewed and the authors will be notified of the outcome by April 5, 2013. Final copies of the accepted contributions should be sent in by May 15, 2013, in order for them to be included in the book of abstracts. Selected papers will be published in proceedings book and refereed journals. At least one of the authors should register online via Conference web site and take part at the conference.

Speaking of fellowships…

I’m pleased to announce that the CDC Public Health Library and Information
Center is now accepting applications for a new fellowship opportunity at the
main library located in Atlanta, GA.   The CDC’s Public Health Library and
Information Center (PHLIC) has served as a hub of research, information
exchange, and learning for the CDC community since the establishment of the
Communicable Disease Center in 1946. Today, the PHLIC is a heavily used
resource serving the information needs for more than 15,000 CDC researchers,
scientists, and public health professionals in nine libraries throughout the

The Public Health Library and Information Center (PHLIC) ORISE Fellowship
will provide graduate students and recent graduates from ALA-accredited
library graduate school programs with a wide range of skills and
technologies supporting information management in a biomedical research
library environment. The program provides an opportunity to:

*  Gain experience and exposure to foundations, skills, and traditional and
emerging technologies shaping and impacting the field of library and
information science
*  Gain exposure to and experience providing information services in a
biomedical research library environment supporting the specialized
information needs of public health and occupational safety and health
*  Examine emerging issues, trends, and evolving roles in the field of
library and information science.  Examples include but are not limited
to services supporting specialized needs, including literature searching
to support systematic reviews, guidelines, and protocol development;
E-Science, data management, and bioinformatics services; and scholarly
publishing, open access, and digital repository initiatives.

A complete description and information on how to apply is available online


Catharine S. Canevari, MLS
Chief, Public Health Library and Information Center
Deputy Director, Division of Library Sciences & Services (DLSS)
Epidemiology and Analysis Program Office (EAPO)
CDC, Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services (OSELS)