CAPAL18 Community, Diversity, and Education: Academic Librarianship in Challenging Times

CAPAL 18 will be held in conjunction with Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2018 at University of Regina, Saskatchewan, 29-31 May, 2018

(Preconference 28 May, 2018)

CAPAL18 provides an opportunity for academic librarians to critically examine and discuss the ways in which collaboration, respect for differences, and professionalism empower us at a time when the values of our profession are in danger of being eroded, both within our universities and within the wider world.  It is time to consider the role of academic librarianship in a changing world and the ways in which academic librarians can challenge the corporatization of our universities and libraries, institutional inequities, and the attempts to deprofessionalize academic librarians.

Papers presented might relate to aspects of the following themes (though they need not be limited to them):

— Challenges to academic status for librarians

–The identity of academic librarians in uncertain times

— Challenging racism in Canadian universities

–The role of academic librarians in the changing academic library environment and culture

–The ways in which professionalism intersects with race and gender, and how it may reinforce institutional power dynamics

–Challenges to academic freedom and intellectual freedom

–Challenges to academic integrity in a “fake news” and anti-science world

–The roles and responsibilities of academic librarians in Reconciliation

–Resisting the corporatization of universities and academic libraries

–Confronting barriers to diversity in academic libraries

The Program Committee invites proposals for individual papers as well as proposals for panel submissions of three papers. Proposed papers must be original and not have been published elsewhere.

  • Individual papers are typically 20 minutes in length. For individual papers, please submit an abstract of no more than 400 words and a presentation title, with a brief biographical statement and your contact information.
  • For complete panels, please submit a panel abstract of no more than 400 words as well as a list of all participants and brief biographical statements, and a separate abstract of no more than 400 words for each presenter. Please provide contact information for all participants.
  • Incomplete proposals or proposals that exceed the requested word count will not be considered.

Please feel free to contact the Program Committee to discuss a topic for a paper, panel, or other session format. Proposals should be emailed as an attachment as a .doc or .docx file, using the following filename conventions:

  • Lastname_Keywordoftopic.docx

Proposals and questions should be directed to the Program Chairs, Lorna Rourke and Laura Koltutsky, at

Deadline for Proposals is: 22 December, 2017

Further information about CAPAL 2018 and Congress 2018 are available at:  &

Please note:  The University of Regina is pleased to offer the Congress 2018 Graduate Student Travel Awards (, funded by the President’s Planning Committee for Congress 2018. Fully-qualified graduate students and recent PhD graduates will be able to apply for a subsidy of up to $500 towards accommodation, meal, & bookstore credits to facilitate participation at Congress 2018.

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CFP: Special issue on diversity / Parution spéciale sur la diversité

*La version française suit*

Call for Papers: Special issue on diversity for CJAL

The Canadian Journal of Academic Librarianship (CJAL) invites article submissions for a special issue on the theme of diversity and academic librarianship to be published in October 2018. Maha Kumaran, associate librarian at the University of Saskatchewan, will serve as a guest editor for this issue.

Diversity is one of the core values of librarianship. It includes and is not limited to diversity in gender, ethnicity, sexuality, nationality, language, religion or spirituality. There is very little literature on Canadian librarianship and diversity. This special issue on diversity therefore promises to enrich the diversity literature for Canadian academic librarianship. We welcome submissions that add new theoretical frameworks and methodologies, provide directions for future research, and improve practice. Articles on diversity could focus on collections, users such as international students, teaching or information literacy, staff needs or training, library education, leadership, or Indigenous librarianship.

CJAL is an open access, peer-reviewed journal published by the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL). Articles submitted for reviews must fit the journal’s Focus and Scope.

CJAL has a continuous model of publication. Articles accepted for this special issue will be published as soon as they are ready, and they will be collected into the special issue when they have all been published. Librarians needing timely publication of their articles for tenure or promotion purposes will benefit from CJAL’s continuous model of publication.

Submission deadline: April 30, 2018

Submit articles online at and in the Comments for the Editor indicate that it is for the special issue on diversity.

Please direct any questions to:

Maha Kumaran
Associate Librarian, University of Saskatchewan


Kristin Hoffmann
Associate Librarian, University of Western Ontario

Appel de propositions : parution spéciale de la RCBU sur la diversité

La Revue canadienne de bibliothéconomie universitaire (RCBU) sollicite des propositions d’articles pour une parution spéciale sur le thème de la diversité et de la bibliothéconomie qui sera publiée en octobre 2018. Maha Kumaran, bibliothécaire associée à l’Université de la Saskatchewan, en sera l’éditrice invitée.

La diversité est l’une des valeurs fondamentales de la bibliothéconomie. Elle englobe notamment, mais sans s’y restreindre, le sexe, l’origine ethnique, l’orientation sexuelle, la langue, la religion ou la spiritualité. Les publications sur la bibliothéconomie canadienne et la diversité sont peu nombreuses. Cette parution spéciale servira donc à enrichir la documentation sur la diversité de la bibliothéconomie académique canadienne. Nous vous invitons à nous faire part de propositions qui ajoutent de nouveaux cadres théoriques, de nouvelles méthodologies et orientations de recherche future ou qui améliorent les pratiques. Les articles sur la diversité peuvent se pencher sur les collections, les utilisateurs, par exemple les étudiants étrangers, l’enseignement ou la maîtrise de l’information, les besoins du personnel ou la formation, l’éducation en matière de bibliothéconomie ou la bibliothéconomie autochtone.

La Revue canadienne de bibliothéconomie universitaire (RCBU) est une parution à libre accès évaluée par les pairs et publiée par l’Association canadienne des bibliothécaires académiques professionnels (ACBAP). Les articles soumis seront évalués en fonction de l’Énoncé de mission de la revue.

La RCBU a adopté un modèle de publication continue. Les articles acceptés seront publiés dès qu’ils seront prêts. Ils seront ensuite rassemblés pour former la parution spéciale. Les bibliothécaires qui nécessitent une publication rapide de leurs articles en vue d’une permanence ou d’une promotion trouveront avantageux le modèle de publication continue de la RCBU.

Date limite : 30 avril 2018

Veuillez soumettre vos articles en ligne sur en mentionnant la parution spéciale sur la diversité dans les commentaires à l’intention de l’éditrice.

Prière d’envoyer vos questions à :

Maha Kumaran
Bibliothécaire associée, Université de la Saskatchewan


Kristin Hoffmann
Bibliothécaire associée, Université Western Ontario


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An update on SPEC 356 – Diversity and Inclusion – Free webinar – register.

Registration Details:

Title: SPEC Survey Webcast on Diversity and Inclusion

Presenters: Toni Anaya, Instruction Coordinator, and Charlene Maxey-Harris, Research and Instructional Services Chair, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Time: 1:00–1:45 pm, eastern daylight time

To request closed captioning for this webinar, please e-mail Amy Yeager,, by October 4, 2017.

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SPEC Kit 356: Diversity and Inclusion (September 2017)

Here is the spec kit on diversity  U of T and UBC are the two Canadian institutions whose diversity statements are included here.

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Joint Council of Librarians of Color Conference September 26-30, 2018

In 2018 you will have another diversity conference to look forward to in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Watch this website for more information

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Registration and Diversity Scholarship for Access Library Technology Conference 2017 is now open

Go here for more information:

Registration for Access 2017 in Saskatoon, SK is now open. Join us Sept 27-29th, 2017 for 3 days of in-depth analyses, presentations, lightning talks, the hackfest, and plenty of time for networking and social events.

This year registration will be capped at 150. Register early to ensure a spot and to take advantage of early-bird registration prices ($350 + GST until July 1st). Registration details, all price categories, and conference hotel information available now.

This year, we are offering two all-inclusive diversity scholarships (includes hotel, registration & transportation, up to $2000 CDN). The Access Conference is committed to fostering diversity in the field of library technology. To encourage diversity, the 2017 Access Conference is proud to have a distinguished diversity scholarship committee coordinating and adjudicating submissions for these awards. Application details available now, call for proposals closes June 16th, 2017.

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Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce Call for Applications – Deadline May 15

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is accepting applications for the Initiative Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW), a program designed to recruit master of library and information science (MLIS) students from traditionally underrepresented ethnic and racial minority groups into careers in research libraries and archives. The IRDW includes:

  • A stipend of up to $10,000 over two years in support of MLIS education
  • Leadership and career development training
  • A site visit to an ARL member library
  • Financial support for skills development
  • A formal mentorship program

The IRDW is funded by ARL member libraries. This program reflects the commitment of ARL members to create a diverse research library workforce that will better reflect the changing demographics of higher education and society and will advance our goals of creating more inclusive, equitable, and just organizations.

Program Goal and Objectives

The ARL Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce seeks to:

  • Attract MLIS students from underrepresented groups to careers in research libraries and archives
  • Strengthen participants’ leadership and job searching skills via a Leadership Symposium held during the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting
  • Develop a network of peers and mentors who will guide and nurture the career development of the participants

Applicant Criteria

Successful applicants will meet the following criteria:

  • Identify as an underrepresented racial or ethnic minority, based on the categories outlined by the US Census Bureau or Statistics Canada as well as Native, Aboriginal, and Indigenous classifications
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, Canada, or Puerto Rico
  • Be accepted into an ALA-accredited MLIS program
  • Have a strong interest in pursuing a career in a research library or archive, especially one that is a member of the Association of Research Libraries

To Apply

All applicants are required to submit the following materials by 11:59 p.m. eastern daylight time on Monday, May 15, 2017:

  • Online application form
  • Résumé
  • Essay (400 words maximum) describing what attracts you to a career in a research library or archive
  • Unofficial undergraduate school transcripts, including your last academic semester completed
  • Unofficial graduate school transcripts, including your last academic semester completed OR official letter of acceptance into a graduate-level program in library and information science
  • Two letters of recommendation (See application requirements for details.)

For more information about the program and the application process, visit the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW) website.

About the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at

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