Call for Chapters: Virtual Reference in Modern Libraries: Innovative Methods for User Interaction
Call for Chapters: Virtual Reference in Modern Libraries: Innovative Methods for User Interaction
Sonnet Ireland (University of New Orleans, USA)

Call for Chapters
Proposals Submission Deadline: April 30, 2014
Full Chapters Due: May 30, 2014


For release in the Advances in Library and Information Science (ALIS) Book

The *ALIS Book Series* aims to expand the body of library science
literature by covering a wide range of topics affecting the profession and
field at large. The series also seeks to provide readers with an essential
resource for uncovering the latest research in library and information
science management, development, and technologies.

With budget cuts and doubts about the necessity of the roles librarians
play, it may seem as if we haven’t any time to explore new ways to interact
with our users. In fact, the opposite is true. Many librarians are taking
their limitations and turning them into innovations. This surge in
creativity needs to be shared across the profession so that other libraries
and librarians can benefit.

This book will explore innovative methods for reaching and interacting with
users, especially in terms of virtual reference. The chapters in this book
will focus on various types of virtual reference that libraries have
adopted in recent years. It will also look at ways librarians are
virtually interacting with their users and be written for librarians who
want to learn techniques that can be applied at their own libraries and
enhance their own users’ experiences.

Target Audience
The target audience of this book will be composed of professionals and
researchers working in the field of information and knowledge management in
various aspects of librarianship, e.g., reference, public services,
instruction, and technology. Moreover, the book will provide insights and
support to librarians who wish to develop these skills in their own careers.

Recommended Topics

– Virtual Reference Programs
– Social Media
– SMS Reference
– Chat Reference
– Virtual Information Needs
– Email Reference
– Reference Interactions via Mobile Device

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before *April 30,
2014* a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and
concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Submissions should be made through
the link at the bottom of this page. Authors of accepted proposals will be
notified by *May 1, 2014*about the status of their proposals and sent
chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by *May 30,
2014*. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review
basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this

This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group
Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea
Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business
Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. For
additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2015.

Important Dates
*April 30, 2014:*Proposal Submission Deadline*May 1, 2014:*Notification of
Acceptance*May 30, 2014:*Full chapter Submission*July 30, 2014:*Review
Results to Authors*August 30, 2014:*Revised Chapter Submission*October 15,
2014:*Submission of Final Chapters

Sonnet Ireland
Head of Federal Documents, Microforms, and Analog Media
Earl K. Long Library
University of New Orleans
Tel.: 504.280.7276 Fax: 504.280.7277

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Sonnet Ireland
Head of Federal Documents, Microforms, and Analog Media
Business Library Liaison
Earl K. Long Library
University of New Orleans
2000 Lakeshore Drive
New Orleans, LA 70148

Registration Open for 2010 Oregon Virtual Reference Summit


Registration for the 2010 Oregon Virtual Reference Summit<> is now open! You can register<> anytime between now and May 1st, 2010.

This year’s Summit features keynote speaker Vanessa Fox<> whose book Marketing in the Age of Google<> will appear on bookshelves soon.

Additionally, we have a day of learning and thinking about virtual reference planned. Come join your colleagues and participate in interactive sessions, listen to lightning talks<>, or give a lightning talk yourself!

Registration costs are still affordable at $25 for staff at L-net partner libraries, L-net volunteers, L-net advisory board members and students; and $50 for everyone else. And for those who are experiencing financial hardship, we are offering scholarships to cover the cost of registration. You may apply for scholarships when you register for the conference.

For out-of-towners we have a limited number of rooms reserved at Edgefield Manor<> for Thursday and Friday nights. Please note that room reservations for this block can only be made by calling Edgefield at: (503) 669-8610. Remember to do it soon or you’ll miss the discounted rate! (Just for your information, most rooms at Edgefield do not have a private bathroom. There are several options outside of the rooms we have booked<>, so don’t be afraid to ask the agent what is available.)

For more information at the 2010 Oregon Virtual Reference Summit visit our web site<>.

And don’t forget to find us on Facebook<> or follow us on Twitter<>.

ACRL 2009 Virtual Conference registration still available

via ACRL Insider

Didn’t make it to ACRL 2009 in Seattle?  You can still register for the ACRL 2009 Virtual Conference and access more than 80 sessions offered at the face-to-face ACRL 14th National Conference in Seattle.  Registration for the ACRL 2009 Virtual Conference is available through May 1, 2009; registration materials are online.

  • “I always come away from the ACRL National Conference feeling energized and excited about new possibilities and now the virtual conference means that I can continue this learning and share it more fully with others at my institution.”
  • “The Virtual Conference is the icing on the ACRL cake. I couldn’t go to many of the sessions I was interested in but knowing I could access it virtually made it easier to choose.”

For the first time, the Virtual Conference includes Dynamic Screen Captures – PowerPoint presentations synced with audio from sessions presented in Seattle.  When you register for the ACRL 2009 Virtual Conference, you receive access to Dynamic Screen Capture recordings of more than 80 contributed paper, panel session, and invited paper sessions presented at the face-to-face Seattle conference.  Select presentation topics include:

  • Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? The 2009 ACRL Trends for Academic Libraries
  • What Really are Student Learning Outcomes?
  • We’re not playing around: Gaming literate librarians = information literate students
  • Studying Your Students: Adapting Research from the University of Rochester Study
  • Reinventing Research Guides: LibGuides at Two Academic Libraries
  • Twitter for Libraries: Best Practices and Advanced Uses of Micro-Blogs
  • How to Green a Library Conference
  • Workplace Information Literacy: Cultivation Strategies for Working Smarter in 21st Century Libraries
  • Beyond the Buzz: Planning Library Facebook Initiatives Grounded in User Needs

The Virtual Conference also features webcast recordings, SecondLife library tours, podcast recordings, and presentation handouts from more than 200 sessions.

How to register

Registration for the ACRL 2009 Virtual Conference is available through May 1, 2009.  Registration materials are online.  Registration includes unlimited access to the online conference community for one year after the event.

ACRL member – $165
ALA member – $205
Nonmember – $245
Full-time student – $75
Group: up to three participants – $295
Group: 4-9 participants – $595
Group – 10 or more participants – $995

If you attended the face-to-face conference in Seattle, you receive access to the Virtual Conference for free as part of your full conference registration.

Questions?  Contact Margot Conahan at or call 312-280-2522.

LOEX Virtual Sessions

LOEX is pleased to announce “LOEX 2008 Encore”, live virtual “encore” sessions of three breakouts from the May 1-3 LOEX 2008 Conference in Oak Brook, IL.

This is in response to the fact that not everyone who would like to attend the LOEX Conference can (e.g., timing, cost, or never got off the wait list), and even those who do attend the conference occasionally miss a session they want to see. For 2008, we will start small by offering three virtual sessions (as opposed to the 44 sessions at the Oak Brook conference) as we will need to see what the level of interest is and how well this new offering meets the needs of our members. If it is successful, in the future we hope to offer 5 to 10 virtual breakout sessions.

Each session is one hour, will be held in Wimba, and will allow for live interaction between presenters and attendees. These virtual sessions will utilize the material presenters have prepared for the LOEX 2008 conference and enable them to reach a wider audience of people. Hopefully, it will develop into a nice supplement to the conference.

Sessions (each is one hour):

  • Tuesday, May 20th, 3 pm Eastern/12 pm Pacific:
    Teaching Web 2.0 to Student 1.5: Effective Methods for Introducing New Information Tools
    (Robin Ewing and Melissa K. Prescott)
  • Wednesday, May 21st, 3 pm Eastern/12 pm Pacific:
    Saving Student Brian: Engaging Students with Innovative Technology
    (Stacey Greenwell, Beth Kraemer and Debbie Sharp)
  • Thursday, May 22nd, 3 pm Eastern/12 pm Pacific:
    Learning (2.0) to be a Social Library
    (Beverly Simmons)

Check out the conference program for session descriptions

Registration Date:
April 29th, 1PM Eastern / 10AM Pacific

Note: registration is reserved for current LOEX members, or those who attended or were on the wait list for the conference in Oak Brook, IL.

Registration Fee (per session):

Attended conference in Oak Brook, IL
– $25 for 1 person
– $50 for 2+ people at same location (with one log-in)

Did not attend conference in Oak Brook, IL
– $40 for 1 person
– $70 for 2+ people at same location (with one log-in)

Payment Due Date:
Monday, May 19th 2008.

Registration cancellations must be made in writing and postmarked, emailed, or faxed at least 2 days before your virtual session.

More information can be found on the Virtual Sessions FAQ.

If you still have questions, please email

ACRL/LAMA Virtual Institute registration deadline approaching

Register by April 21 for the ACRL/LAMA Joint Spring Virtual Institute, “Leading from the Middle: Managing in All Directions.” The Institute, offered by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and the Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA), will be held April 29-30, 2008.

The ACRL/LAMA Joint Spring Virtual Institute will offer a forum for the exploration of issues and challenges facing middle managers and leaders. The Institute will feature live, interactive webcasts and asynchronous online poster sessions, allowing for convenient scheduling and flexibility. Programs will address issues of management and leadership, including developing library professionals, inspiring change, interim appointments, library 2.0 transformation, innovation and more. Complete descriptions of the institute programs and learning outcomes are online at Programs will be archived for viewing on-demand after the institute.

Technical requirements: Minimum technical requirements include an Internet-ready computer with Java Runtime Environment/Web Start and speakers. A microphone is strongly recommended.

Registration: Registration for the ACRL/LAMA Joint Spring Virtual Institute is now open. Registration materials are online at April 21, 2008, is the registration deadline.

Registration fees are ACRL or LAMA member: $135; ALA member: $175; Nonmember: $205; Student: $75; Group rate – up to seven individuals at one institution: $400; Group rate – eight individuals or more at one institution: $900.

Questions about the ACRL/LAMA Joint Spring Virtual Institute should be directed to Margot Conahan at or by phone at 312-280-2522.