CFP: Exploring Produsage – Special Issue of New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia

3 04 2010

The concept of produsage points to the shift away from conventional producer/consumer relationships, and highlights the more fluid roles of users and contributors within social media environments. Participants in open source projects, in Wikipedia, in YouTube and Second Life are no longer merely consuming or using preproduced material, but neither are they at all times acting as fully self-determined producers of fully formed new works; rather, they occupy a hybrid position as produsers of content.

Produsage processes are now evident across a wide range of activities – mainly online, but increasingly also extending to the offline world – from citizen journalism and communal knowledge management through to collaborative artistic activities, from learner-led education models to citizen engagement in political processes. As such models establish themselves, what does an examination through the lens of the produsage framework reveal about their internal operations? How do they affect the existing institutional, industrial, social, and cultural environments within which they operate? How may they be guarded against cooptation and exploitation by corporate interests? What possible futures do they foreshadow?

Potential contributions to this special issue could include, but are not limited to, areas such as:

* Conceptualising produsage: theoretical frameworks for examining produsage activities, practical examples of produsage projects, …

* Historical and comparative perspectives: produsage and other forms of collaborative and commons-based work, precedents of produsage, …

* Technologies and practices of produsage: collaborative dynamics of leading produsage spaces, impact of the technological foundations of produsage, …

* Empirical perspectives on produsage: case studies of produsage and its effects, ethnographic research into produsage communities, …

* Methodology: research approaches to the study of produsage, tracking and evaluating produser activitities, …

* Critical perspectives: economic, legal, pedagogic, sociological perspectives on produsage, …

For this special issue of NRHM, we invite contributions on these and other topics related to produsage. Full papers should be around 7,000 words; shorter papers (around 3,000 words) for technical notes, industry perspectives or opinion pieces are also welcome. More detailed instructions for authors can be found online: Queries should be directed to the Guest Editors.

Authors should submit their papers online via the New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia Manuscript Central site:

Important dates

* 16 July 2010 – paper submission deadline

* 24 September 2010 – author notification

* 15 October 2010 – final copy due

* Northern Spring 2011 – publication

Guest Editors

Axel Bruns, ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (Brisbane),

Jan Schmidt, Hans-Bredow-Institute for Media Research (Hamburg),


Society of Civil War Historians

23 03 2010

The Society of Civil War Historians (SCWH) is an association of scholars dedicated to exploring slavery, the sectional crisis, Civil War, emancipation, and reconstruction roughly from the 1830s through 1880.  The society also looks at the legacies of the conflict that continue to have an impact on society today.  SCWH’s mission is to encourage scholarly activity and academic exchange among historians, graduate students, and professionals who interpret history in museums, national parks, archives, and other public facilities.

Manuscripts are being solicited for a new, peer-review journal that incorporates a broad view of the Civil War era. Published in collaboration with The University of North Carolina Press and the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era CenterThe Journal of the Civil War Era will launch its inaugural issue in March 2011. (call for papers)

GOLD GALILEO Conference 2010

19 03 2010

Help librarians across Georgia celebrate the importance of resource sharing – and the accomplishments of GALILEO‘s first 15 years – by submitting a proposal for the 2010 GOLD/GALILEO Annual Users Group Conference!

This year’s event will be held Friday, August 13, at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education Conference Center & Hotel in Athens.

The unprecedented hard economic times of 2010 will test the resolve of the entire GOLD and GALILEO library collaboration community. Our library members trust us to help fill collection gaps with books and magazines, reduce duplicate subscriptions, provide borrowing privileges for items not locally available, take advantage of reference resources, provide readers advisory and literary criticism and even extend their library hours through 24/7 online access. Members want us to help patrons find resources on careers, effective job searching, home business operation, and resume writing. They want us to explore occupational and educational paths – and save money on magazine and database subscriptions in the process.

To meet these needs, we must rely more heavily then ever on our virtual statewide library, GALILEO. Come join us as we turn the 15th birthday of this treasured resource into one GOLDen occasion!

The GOLD/GALILEO Annual Users Group Conference draws more than 300 librarians, paraprofessionals and technical staff from academic libraries, public libraries, schools and special libraries throughout Georgia and the Southeast. Our Users Group Advisory Committee invites the submission of presentation proposals no later than 5 p.m., Thursday, April 1. Accepted submissions will be offered space in a one-hour concurrent session.

Proposals may involve any of the following suggested topics:

* Emerging technologies and improvement of the library user experience

* Resource Sharing, document delivery and collaborative sharing

* Grant writing, planning, funding, execution and administration

* Library workflow transition to E-Resources

* User-Centered program design – especially for those traditionally under served

* Library and GALILEO success stories about education and economic development

* Distance education and information literacy

* Electronic and digital resource management and web site design

* Maintaining a culture of innovation that brings together technical services, public services and systems

* Library filtering, security and patron privacy

* Advocacy for library funding during hard economic times

Proposal guidelines

All submissions must include a session title, a short description of the concurrent session and the names, job titles and e-mail addresses of those who will be presenting.

Please be sure to note your intended audience and send you submission via e-mail to Toni Zimmerman at Notice of acceptance e-mails will be sent by April 9.

A Centennial Celebration of the History of Civil Rights

16 03 2010

Call for Papers and Panel Proposals: “A Centennial Celebration of the History of Civil Rights,” Hattiesburg, Mississippi, October 21-23, 2010. Submission deadline: June 1, 2010

As part of The University of Southern Mississippi’s centennial celebration, the Center for the Study of the Gulf South and the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage seek paper and panel proposals that examine the long Civil Rights Movement (ca. 1865-the present). The Center welcomes proposals from all disciplines.

Hattiesburg, Mississippi, the site of the conference, played a key role in the Civil Rights Movement. In 1962, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) began one of its first voter registration projects in Hattiesburg. In 1964, the city had the largest and most active Freedom Summer project in the state. The Delta Ministry and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party were also active in the area. Several veterans of the Civil Rights Movement, including author Charles Cobb and longtime activist Hollis Watkins, will discuss their experiences as a part of the conference. Under the aegis of the university, the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage has developed one of the nation’s premier collections of materials related to the Civil Rights Movement ( In addition to examining the University’s history during the Civil Rights Movement, this conference will assess the broader Freedom Struggle from Reconstruction to the present.

Please send proposals (300 words per paper) and curriculum vitae to Curtis Austin, Department of History, The University of Southern Mississippi, 118 College Drive #5047, Hattiesburg, MS 39406. Submissions may also be sent by e-mail to Individual paper proposals and complete sessions are welcome. Proposals are due by June 1, 2010. We will announce the program by August 1, 2010.

Dr. Curtis J. Austin
Department of History
The University of Southern Mississippi
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

2010 GIL Users Group Meeting The Show Must Go On: Strategic Transitions for the Next Generation Library

13 03 2010

Mark your calendar now for the GIL Users Group Meeting (GUGM)

scheduled for May 20, 2010. Due to continued travel restrictions, our meeting will be, as last year, held virtually. The entire meeting will be offered through the Wimba application, a user-friendly format that makes online meetings fun, easy, and interactive.

There will be eight session slots this year doubling the four offered last year. Session proposal forms are due back no later than March 22nd, 2010.

The Program Planning Committee is putting together the agenda. We look forward to a dynamic keynote address as well as timely, informative sessions. Both the agenda and open registration will be published soon – watch for further details!

Journal of Western Archives

26 02 2010

Scholarly output for archivists has expanded. Curious about the title and geographic orientation. Are there really regional issues in the archival profession? I guess, I can see salaries as largely driven by geography but access, preservation, metadata, descriptions, born digital, ect… are common themes. At any rate, best of luck on the newest venture.

The Society of California Archivists, the Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists, the Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists, and the Northwest Archivists, Inc. are pleased to announce the establishment of a new peer reviewed open access, online journal—the Journal of Western Archives. The journal will explore important Western regional issues in archives, the development of the archival profession in the western United States, collaborative efforts and projects amongst cultural institutions, and other topics important to archivists working in the western United States. A first call for papers will be distributed early next week and will contain the new journal’s Web address. Contact Gordon Daines at gordon_daines @ with any questions.