Monday, February 12, 2018

Call for speakers - Internet Librarian International

Celebrating innovative libraries and info pros at this year’s ILI

Do you have a great story to share? ILI (Internet Librarian International – the library innovation conference) is 20 years old this year, and we’re looking for speakers to help us celebrate the very best of library innovation from around the world.

(Deadline: 13 April 2018)

Our speakers come from all sectors. They come to share their real-world projects, initiatives and transformations. Mostly they do this by presenting a 15-minute case study and we match them with one or more other speakers to create a themed session.

We really are open to your ideas and we welcome alternative styles of presentation:
·         Let us know if you have an idea for a panel session, or a mini-workshop
·         Would you be interested in sharing your experience with an informal group or one-to one?
·         Would you be interested in doing a lightning presentation?
·         Or running a TeachMeet?
·         Perhaps you could present an interactive demonstration of a library innovation?

More information

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Call for Papers LIBER conference

The Call for Papers for LIBER’s 2018 Annual Conference in Lille, France from 4 to 6 July 2018 is now open.
Deadline 19th February
Research libraries as an Open Science hub: from strategy to action
The theme of the conference connects to LIBER’s new strategy, launched in November 2017.

Innovative publishing
Literacy: media literacy, data literacy, innovation in literacy programmes
Reproducibility, sustainability, crosschecking
Open data, FAIR data
Semantic interoperability
Digital Humanities
Citizen Science
Information ethics
Leadership skills in the context of Open Science
We invite submissions of:

Future oriented thought-pieces arising out of current research
Research papers presenting theoretical solutions, but with a clear illustration on how these solutions can be applied
Position papers presenting opinions on some aspect of practice, or describing work that is still in progress, but sufficiently mature to warrant attention
Posters outlining experiences and case studies specifying requirements, challenges or opportunities
Best practices
We are also looking for proposals that will be pitched during a plenary panel session. We are seeking 3-4 separate 5 minute pitches that either propose adopting a new local or national solution at European level or a completely radical innovation/idea that is ripe for exploration by European research libraries.

NEW – This year we are also looking for contributions for 5-minute presentations. These are contributions on the same topics as mentioned above, but which can be presented briefly and forcefully.

For tips on 5-minute presentations, please see this link.

The Programme Committee will select abstracts based on the following criteria:

Relevance for the call for papers
Level of innovation
Impact on the wider library community
Quality of the abstract
How to Submit Your Abstract
To submit an abstract of your paper or poster go to

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 19 February 2018.

Guidance & Notes on Submitting
Accepted contributions will be limited to one paper and/or poster abstract per author. Similarly, we aim to avoid more than 1 paper on a single initiative/project.
Papers from commercial providers will not be considered.
All submissions will be automatically considered for the LIBER Award and for the LIBER Annual Conference Fund.
Abstract length should be a minimum of 250 words and should not exceed 500 words.
The language of the conference will be English, therefore the Committee will only accept submissions in this language.
All submitted abstracts will be peer-reviewed by at least two reviewers from LIBER’s Conference Programme Committee, who will evaluate them on the basis of the criteria mentioned above.
Authors are encouraged to submit their accepted papers for publication in LIBER Quarterly, which is now a fully peer-reviewed journal. Instructions for this can be found on the journal website; you may contact the managing editor through the journal’s contact page.
For tips on writing abstracts, please see this link

*Please note that all presenters are responsible for their own registration and travel costs.
See all members of the LIBER Conference Programme Committee.

Predatory Publishing: What is it? and how to avoid it: Some tips

Guest post by Ciarán Quinn, Research Support Librarian, Maynooth University Library

If you have recently published or spoken at a conference you may receive email’s encouraging you to publish your work, edit or review a journal or speak at a conference. Often these requests will be from journals you don’t recognise or for events you’ve never heard of.  The growth of what is know known as  predatory publishing seems to be a side effect of the growth generally in Open Access publishing, though they do predate OA, so it’s not just an issue for OA.  My focus here will be on OA Publishing.

Part of the OA publishing model (as opposed to the traditional one) is a APR (article processing charge) or publishing fee for each article published. This process is exploited by journals of dubious value to obtain fees from researchers. Requests to publish may particularly appeal to early career researchers who are keen to get published and are probably less familiar with the well-established journal titles and the process of getting published. So how do you check up on the journals and spot these predatory publishers?

In the first instance the grammar in these emails is often quite poor and the text generally very effusive with regard to your eminence in a field often unrelated to what you actually do. Of course this may also be the case with some legitimate but low quality titles so careful investigation is advised least you miss a genuine opportunity. Some e-mails are of higher quality and are initially quite convincing, appearing for example to have a legitimate business address and a professional looking website, so other pointers to look out for might be fees for publication. Fees may not be  mentioned until after the manuscript is submitted. A legitimate publisher would notify you of charges up front and provide an outline of its publishing process. You could also check to see if the publication is peer reviewed, many predatory publishers either don’t have any or its of very poor quality. If there are contact details for the editorial board these could also be contacted to check their credentials and the scope of the journal. It may come as a surprise to some of these contacts that they have been listed at all.  Another red flag may be the scope of the journal may too broad (multiple areas, unrelated fields) or rapid publication.Some useful sites to check include the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association and the Directory of Open Access Journals   Another useful Website “Think, Check, Submit” has a useful checklist for assessing the quality of a publication

Checking a reputable bibliographic database such as Web of Science, Scopus, Sociological Abstracts, Psych Info, or JSTOR might also confirm the status of a particular journal title. It would also be worthwhile consulting colleagues and library staff for advice on this. 

There are also lists of predatory journals available, perhaps the most well-known one being the Beall list.
While the list is useful, there is some bias which you might need to consider as identified in a recent LSEImpact BlogpostBeall’s list was removed from the Web and is no longer updated but a copy is available here This is a topic that is written about regularly so it’s also worth keeping an eye out for articles that deal with the issue in your specific subject area.

If staff or students at Maynooth University would like more information on this, please contact Ciarán Quinn, Research Support Librarian