The DOCAM 2015 conference extension for submission of abstracts

The DOCAM 2015 conference is pleased to announce an extension for submissions of extended abstracts and posters.

Over the past few days we have had multiple requests for extensions, AND with the onset of the holiday season it seems only appropriate to extend our deadline.

DOCAM 2015’s new and final date for submission of abstracts is midnight (23:59:00) 12 January, 2015, Australian Eastern Daylight Time (see indicative international times below).

Extended abstracts to be submitted by: 12 January 2015
Notification of acceptance by: 15 February 2015
Conference dates: 20-22 July 2015

Monday January 12, midnight Sydney time is:

London : Monday 12 January 1 pm
Los Angeles : Monday 12 January 5 am
New York : Monday 12 January 8 am
Oslo : Monday 12 January 2 pm
Tokyo : Monday 12 January 10pm

Submissions can be made from the Conference web site:

DOCAM ’15 website:

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DOCAM 2015 Call for papers

12th Annual International Meeting of the Document Academy
To be held at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), Australia
Jointly hosted by UTS and Charles Sturt University (CSU)
July 20-22, 2015

In 2015 the Document Academy will come together under the theme of “Documents Unbounded” and is calling for submissions that examine the challenges ahead, as our understanding of data, documents, records, artefacts, evidence and memory, and form in the continuously changing landscape of new media and communications.

Important dates
Extended abstracts by: 15 December 2014
Notification of acceptance by: 15 February 2015
Conference dates: 20-22 July 2015

DOCAM2015 is the 12th annual meeting of the Document Academy, an international network of scholars, artists, and professionals in various fields, who are interested in the exploration of the concept of the document as a resource for scholarly, artistic and professional work.
The annual conference fosters a multidisciplinary space for experimental and critical research on the document in the widest sense, drawing on scholarship, traditions, and experiences from the arts, humanities, social sciences, education, and natural science, and from diverse fields, such as information, media, museum, archives, culture and science studies.

Research presentations
The DOCAM2015 Program Committee especially encourages completed research, research-in-progress, general conceptual and theoretical work, projects and case studies, creative and practical work in areas of document theory, document analysis and document materiality relevant to the conference theme in the following formats:
1. conference papers (extended abstracts for 20-minute presentations followed by 10 minutes of discussion);
2. brief abstracts for poster display and presentation.

Proposal submissions
Extended abstracts for conference papers and brief abstracts describing poster presentations should be submitted through the DOCAM2015 EasyChair system located at
The conference language is English. Follow the submission template.

For papers include:
1. names and contact information for all contributors;
2. title of paper;
3. select the category type extended abstract;
4. 3 to 5 keywords.
Do not complete the abstract box available in the EasyChair template; instead
5. upload your extended abstract of up to 1000 words for your proposed presentation;
All abstracts should be submitted in Word document format (.doc .docx). As all extended abstracts will be blind peer reviewed, please ensure that author names and affiliations do not appear on the submitted Word document.

For posters include:
1. names and contact information for all contributors;
2. title of poster presentation;
3. an abstract or brief description of up to 250 words in the text box available in the template for abstracts;
4. 3 to 5 keywords;
Submissions for posters do not require upload of any Word documents.
All proposals should also include a brief statement providing:
• an explanation of how they will be presented (verbal, with presentation software, video, performance, or other forms of demonstration);
• preferred size of poster presentation;
• any special equipment needs.

Publication of Conference proceedings
Full conference papers of between 2,500 and 5,000 words will be published in an open access peer-reviewed volume, Proceedings from the Annual Meeting of the Document Academy.

More Information
DOCAM2015 website:
DOCAM2015 Facebook page:
DOCAM2015 Twitter account:

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AARL Australian Academic and Research Libraries September issue

The September 2014 print issue of AARL has just been delivered and is available online.

The first paper in this issue anticipates the forthcoming December on research support issue by dealing with one aspect of research support that of personalised information consultations in the early stages of PhD candidature. “Wrangling the Literature: Quietly Contributing to HDR Completions”, by Jennifer Warburton and Peter Macauley, shares the findings of a study profiling PhD candidates’ usage of an academic library research consultation service. The full text of this paper is available in the author’s institutional repository.

Fiona Brown’s article, “Replacing Law Firm Libraries with Commercial Law Library and Legal Research Services in the UK”, looks at outsourcing services. While this paper focuses on law libraries in the United Kingdom, outsourcing is common to many information services and the implications relating to outsourcing are of concern across the LIS profession.

In “Contemporary Cataloguing Policy and Practice in Australian Libraries”, Philip Hider reports on a survey of Australian libraries across different sectors. Hider’s research looked at which staff in libraries were performing cataloguing roles and what standards were being used. The paper concludes that cataloguers are still very much in demand.

The final article in this issue is by Suzana Sukovic, who led a digital storytelling project during the 2012 Year of Reading at an independent girls’ high school. “ iTell: Transliteracy and Digital Storytelling” provides an in-depth discussion about the notions of transliteracy and digital storytelling, followed by the findings of the research. Using these relatively recent concepts, student engagement was observed during the project and the paper provides research evidence for the role of digital storytelling in learning environments. T

Take a look!

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Announcing DOCAM 2015: “Documents unbounded”

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Very much looking forward to my involvement with this interesting conference!

Announcing DOCAM 2015: “Documents unbounded”
The 12th annual international Conference of the Document Academy

The Document Academy’s 12th annual meeting, DOCAM ’15 will be taking place from July 20-22, 2015 at the University of Technology’s Broadway campus in Sydney, Australia. It will be the first DOCAM to be held in the antipodes! So, put the dates in your diary and prepare for a visit to Australia to explore the conference theme of “Documents Unbounded”.
The international Document Academy conference provides a unique multidisciplinary space for reporting experimental and critical research on the concept of the document and documentation in the widest sense. Participants draw on scholarly traditions and experiences from the arts, humanities, social sciences, education, and natural science, and come from fields as diverse as information, media, museum, archives, culture, and science studies.

In 2015 we will come together under the theme of “Documents Unbounded” to examine the challenges ahead, as our understanding of data, documents, records, artefacts, evidence and memory, form in the continuously changing landscape of new media and communications.

The Document Academy, commenced as a co-sponsored initiative of Program of Documentation Studies, University of Tromsø, Norway, and the School of Information, University of California, Berkeley has grown into a truly international event. In 2015, two Australian universities and their information programs will co-host the 12th annual meeting of the Document Academy (DOCAM). They are the IKM and Digital Studies Program University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) and School of information Studies at Charles Sturt University (CSU).

For more information about the conference and the call for proposals, visit the DOCAM’15 website at

Join us on Facebook at: and follow us on Twitter at:

Conference Co-Chairs: Paul Scifleet (DOCAM), Maureen Henninger (UTS) and Mary Anne Kennan (CSU). The DOCAM Chairs can be contacted by Email:
Conference Committee: Bhuva Narayan (UTS), Jodi L. Kearns (University of Akron), Kiersten Latham (Kent State University), Lisa Given (CSU), Michael Olsson (UTS), Roswitha Skare (University of Tromsø), Sigrid McCausland (CSU).

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Research support services in academic libraries – two papers forthcoming

We are planning a special issue of Australian Academic & Research Libraries for December 2014 on evolving research support services. Two of the authors of papers accepted for this issue have already placed their authors accepted versions in their institutional repository.

The first is a big picture paper by Colin Steele an Emeritus Fellow at the Australian National University titled Scholarly Communication, Scholarly Publishing and University Libraries. Plus ca Change?. It is a position paper which is grounded in the literature including a number of reports and policy documents, but also comes from deep personal knowledge and experience. The paper will provide AARL readers with an excellent overview of the historical context and those issues which remain unresolved. Available at:

The second paper is by Dr Danny Kingsley who is a Visiting Fellow at the Australian Centre for the Public Awareness of Science and Executive Officer, Australian Open Access Support Group. Danny’s paper is a timely one titled Paying for publication: issues and challenges for research support services.  It addresses article processing charges (APCs) a topic which is extremely relevant to academic librarians, for whom scholarly communication and publishing is a central concern and an area where activities and services have developed significantly in the past few years. There is relatively little formal literature on the subject, and this paper identifies and analyses published commentary (mainly from informal publications) and statements from publishers and other stakeholders. The discussion is international in its coverage.

Available at:





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Tips and Insights on Publishing and the Publication Process

On Wednesday my colleague Kim Thompson and I facilitated a workshop on publishing and the publication process. The topics we covered included:

  • The importance of good research to the field
  • What is publishable
  • Writing style, structure, and format
  • Self-editing and proofing
  • Choosing a place to publish
  • Open access and alternatives to journals
  • The referee process
  • What to do with feedback from reviewers and referees
  • The publication process

It was fun and the discussion and powerpoints are recorded in an Adobe Connect session at: Thanks to attendees and all who contributed in different ways. Below is a brief list of related resources.

Choosing a journal

Eliminate the dodgy

Beall, J. (2012). “Criteria for Determining Predatory Open-Access Publishers “, (current 6 May 2014).

Beall, J. (2014 (updated 29 April)). “Beall’s List: Potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers.” (current 6 May 2014).

Understand the rankings and where your paper realistically fits.

See Web of Science Journal Citation reports (via library subscription) and Scopus SCImago ( by title and by JIF (Wos) and title and SJR (Scopus/SCImago)

Peer review

Lee, A.S. (1995) “Reviewing a manuscript for publication” Published as an invited note in
Journal of Operations Management Volume 13, Number 1 (July 1995), pp.87-92 and available online at

Although it is old by today’s standards, this paper offers sage advice for reviewers of A* and A journals in the management field, but many of the ideas are transferable to other fields. Furthermore, for authors, it provides examples of what such reviewers will be looking for.

Preview process chart and publisher example of instructions to reviewers.

Davy, Debbie. “De-Mystifying the Peer Review Process: My Experiences as a Peer Reviewer.” The Quill 16, no. 7 (April 2005)

Why papers get rejected

Pat Thompson blogs knowledgably about 7 reasons why papers get rejected

One way of addressing the “so what” question

Hernon, P., & Schwartz, C. (2007). What is a problem statement?. Library & Information Science Research, 29(3), 307-309.

CSU Library Guide on Open Access

Improving academic writing

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington DC: American Psychological Association.

The Chicago Manual of Style (16th ed.). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Silvia, P. J. (2007). How to write a lot: A practical guide to productive academic writing. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Sword, H. (2012). Stylish academic writing. Cambridge: Harvard Press.

Bennett, J. & Gorovitz, S. (1997). Improving academic writing, Teaching Philosophy 20(2).

Thompson, G. (2001). Interaction in academic writing: Learning to argue with the reader. Applied Linguistics 22(1), 58-78.

How to Improve Your Academic Writing

How do I improve my academic writing?

5 tips to improve your academic writing (ESL slant, but sound recommendations for native English speakers as well)

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June 2014 issue – Australian Academic and Research Libraries (AARL)

The June issue of AARL has been posted, and is of course, available online. It is a special issue edited by Gaby Haddow titled Engaging with Indigenous knowledge, culture and communities. Professor Martin Nakata introduces the issue and contributes an article in it. Professor Nakata’s  involvement is important to the history of AARL, as  in 2005 he co-edited, introduced and contributed to another special issue Australian Indigenous knowledge and libraries. The articles in this issue pick up some of the threads raised in the first and see where things are going now.

As Professor Nakata notes in his introduction to the issue, next year (2015) will mark the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Library and Information Resource Network (ATSILIRN) Protocols for libraries and information services, which draw attention to the existence of, and sensitivities around, the collection and management of indigenous Australian materials.

In addition to Professor Nakata’s introduction, the articles in the issue are:

Rediscovering Indigenous Languages: The Role and Impact of Libraries and Archives in Cultural Revitalisation by Kirsten Thorpe & Monica Galassi

Using Modern Technologies to Capture and Share Indigenous Astronomical Knowledge by Martin Nakata, Duane Hamacher, John Warren, Alex Byrne, Maurice Pagnucco, Ross Harley, Srikumar Venugopal, Kirsten Thorpe, Richard Neville & Reuben Bolt

The Incorporating Indigenous Knowledge LibGuide: Charles Darwin University Embedding Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledge, Culture and Language by Payi Linda Ford, John Prior, Barbara Coat & Lyndall Warton

An Example of Community Engagement: Libraries ACT and the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities by Fiona Blackburn

Kia whai taki: Implementing Indigenous Knowledge in the Aotearoa New Zealand Library and Information Management Curriculum by Spencer Lilley & Te Paea Paringatai

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