Monthly Archives: February 2014

Call for research papers

Current Call for Papers

School Libraries Worldwide is the official professional and research journal of the International Association of School Librarianship. It is published twice yearly, in January and July, and is available online and through select periodical databases. School Libraries Worldwide publishes new works of current research and scholarship on any aspect of school librarianship. All papers are double-blind peer reviewed and adhere to the highest editorial standards.

Digital Strategies (Volume 20, Number 2, July 2014).  This issue of School Libraries Worldwide is based on the theme of the enabling role of information technology in meeting current school library challenges.


For this issue we will provide a space in which research can be shared on the concept of anytime, anyplace connectivity and how school libraries are providing opportunities for students and expanding their program’s influence.


Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

·         BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)

Flipped Classroom

·         Digital Identity

·         Games and Gamification

·         Big Data

·         Informal Learning

·         Mobile Apps

·         Location Intelligence

·         Makerspaces

·         Digital Divide, Digital Poverty, Digital Exclusion

·         Preservation and Conservation Technologies


School library researchers are invited to submit papers reporting their own original research that has not been published elsewhere. Authors who wish to know more about the issue theme should contact the editors to discuss
their interests.


School Libraries Worldwide also welcomes submissions of excellent research on any topic relating to school librarianship for the open portion of the journal.

Submission guidelines are available online at School Libraries Worldwide and papers can be submitted online at


Deadline for submissions of full papers: May 1, 2014.


Authors interested in contributing to this issue should contact the editors directly, Nancy Everhart and Marcia A. Mardis.


General suggestions and inquiries for the journal may be sent to:

Dr. Nancy Everhart and Dr. Marcia A. Mardis
Editors, School Libraries Worldwide
School of Library and Information Science
College of Communication & Information
The Florida State University
Tallahassee FL 32306-2100 USA
Fax: 1 (780) 492-7622

Open Knowledge Repository

The World Bank has relaunched of its open access repository “Open Knowledge Repository – OKR” with a new, cutting-edge mobile friendly interface as well as a few additional enhancements. Please find below a copy of the announcement also available here:

The most significant aspect of the announcement is that The World Bank, in collaboration with @Mire that supported the development of the OKR, released elements of the new responsive design under an open-source license. We hope this contribution to the community will benefit any institution running a repository on DSpace that wishes to provide a better user experience on mobile devices.

Library of Congress Literacy Awards

Dear Friends of Literacy, Books, and Reading,

The Library of Congress Center for the Book is pleased to announce that the 2014 Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program is now accepting applications. Through the generosity of David M. Rubenstein, the Literacy Awards honor organizations that have made outstanding contributions to increasing literacy in the United States and abroad. The three winners will be announced at the National Book Festival on August 30, 2014. This will be followed in October by an awards ceremony and formal presentations by the winners at the Library of Congress.

The prizes are:

The David M. Rubenstein Prize ($150,000) will be awarded to an organization that has made outstanding and measurable contributions in increasing literacy levels and has demonstrated exceptional and sustained depth and breadth in its commitment to the advancement of literacy. The organization will meet the highest standards of excellence in its operations and services.  This award may be given to any organization based either inside or outside the United States.

The American Prize ($50,000) will be awarded to an organization that has made a significant and measurable contribution to increasing literacy levels or the national awareness of the importance of literacy. This award may be given to any organization that is based in the United States.

The International Prize ($50,000) will be awarded to an organization or national entity that has made a significant and measurable contribution to increasing literacy levels. This award may be given to any organization that is based in a country outside the United States.

The program is accepting applications from now until the March 31, 2014, deadline. Visit to download the application and find further instructions. We hope that you will share this information with any groups that might be interested and consider either applying on behalf of your own organization or nominating another group.

The Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program is administered by the Center for the Book. Please contact us at should you have any questions.