Join Scholastica and J&J Editorial on the 16th of December 2019 at 11 AM EST / 4 PM GMT for a free webinar, “Audit and Improve Peer Review Efficiency at the Journals You Manage.” We’ll cover innovative ways to assess journal performance and make actionable plans for improvement in the new year. Click here to register and receive a link to the webinar recording!
At academic journals, the peer review process is never-ending. There are always new manuscripts to vet, reviewers to invite, authors to send decisions to…and the beat goes on. Journal peer review managers and editors spend most of their time in the trenches of the peer review process, busy with day to day editorial operations. However, it’s important to periodically take a step back to assess peer review performance and look for opportunities for improvement. The start of a new year is a prime time for editorial teams to review their current journal workflows and guidelines and determine where they may need to make some adjustments.
What steps should you take to conduct an end-of-year peer review audit at the journals you work with that leads to clear insights and next steps?
We’ll be digging into this question during an upcoming webinar on December 16, 2019, “Audit and Improve Peer Review Efficiency at the Journals You Manage.” During the webinar, speakers from Scholastica and J&J Editorial will cover best practices for assessing journal peer review efficiency from a technical and editorial perspective…
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the University of Washington Libraries, and the Conference Steering Committee invite paper, poster, and workshop proposals by February 28 for the 2020 Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment. This eighth biennial conference will be held October 26–28 in Rosemont, Illinois (near Chicago O’Hare International Airport).The conference aims to build and further a vibrant library assessment community by bringing together interested practitioners and researchers who have responsibility or interest in the broad field of library assessment. The event provides a mix of invited speakers and contributed papers, posters, and pre-conference workshops that stimulate discussion and provide workable ideas for effective, sustainable, and practical library assessment.
Paper and poster proposals that cover any aspect of library assessment in any type of library are invited, including but not limited to these topics:
- Assessment program establishment/development/sustainment
- Collaborative assessments (including consortial, ARL, ACRL, PLA, Libraries without Borders, etc.)
- Critical and/or theoretical perspectives on assessment
- Data management and visualization
- Digital libraries and repositories
- Diversity, equity, and inclusion
- Measurement and measures/indicators…
Descriptions of the paper, poster, and workshop formats are provided below and full details are on the conference website. Proposals are required to include a title, author names and short biographies, format, and abstract (maximum 750 words) describing the proposal.Accepted papers will be included in the conference proceedings and are due by November 30, 2020. Accepted posters will be included on the conference website in advance of the conference.
Papers should present innovative approaches and/or research that is well underway or has been implemented/concluded. Each abstract should include: (1) purpose; (2) design, methodology, or approach; (3) findings; and (4) practical implications or value…
A poster is a formal graphic presentation of a topic displayed on poster board. This format offers an excellent opportunity for presenting data and visualizations, big ideas, and action. Posters will be exhibited and presented during a reception. Posters should not be used to advertise a product or service. Consult the Poster Guidelines page for more details…
Workshops provide conference attendees an immediate takeaway of practical skills, methods, and tools they can employ at their own libraries. Workshop sessions are interactive and participant numbers are limited to ensure time for hands-on, active learning for participants…
Please note that the final length of the workshop will be determined by the conference steering committee in collaboration with the facilitator(s).
Proposal Submission, Evaluation, Notification, Publication
To submit a proposal, please visit the proposal submission site. The primary author will be required to create a profile. One author should complete the form submission and enter co-author information. Proposal submissions are due by Friday, February 28, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific standard time.
Deadline February 28
SUNYLA Midwinter Virtual Conference
Life After Migration: Making Alma and Primo work for Everyone
Call for Proposals
Library migrations to new Library Services Platforms can be challenging but also provide opportunities for improving user services and staff workflows. In July of 2019, SUNY Libraries went live with Alma and Primo. Are you a library that’s migrated to Alma and Primo? We’re interested in hearing how libraries are changing their library instruction, their in-house workflows, and their discovery interface to better suit their patrons.
Possible session topics might answer these questions: What changes have you made to update your Information literacy instruction? What refinements or automation have you made to your workflows? How have outreach and marketing helped to spread the word? What new library help guides have you created? Have you developed any new best practices? How did you go about training your staff? What customizations did you make to Primo? How have you integrated Primo into your library’s website?
Come share your experiences with your supportive and non-judgmental library colleagues at the SUNYLA Midwinter Virtual Conference on February 7, 2020 (10:00am – 2:30pm EST).
Presentations should be 15-20 minutes in length, in a format that best suits your topic. Presentations should include what changes you’ve made, how other libraries can implement your changes, and can also include any changes you hope to make in the future.
Technology requirements: Computer, internet connection, microphone/speakers (headset recommended) or telephone, quiet space for presenting, webcam optional