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Call for Chapter Proposals: Advances in Librarianship series

In July 2018, Forbes magazine published a short (and quickly removed) opinion piece written by an ill-informed economist who suggested that libraries should be replaced by Amazon in an effort to help taxpayers save money. People across the globe chimed in to share an important message: We NEED Libraries!

Inspired by the fact that the masses continue to believe in the value of and necessity for libraries, librarians, and the services they offer, I am excited to contribute to the Advances in Librarianship series with an edited book titled Hope and a Future: Perspectives on the Impact that Librarians and Libraries Have on Our World.

To this end, I extend a call for abstracts of chapters from library practitioners, library researchers, library educators, and library students that share perspectives about the essential and varied roles librarians and libraries play in our world. In other words, I'm asking for submissions that share answers to an important overarching question: What's your "why" and its related sub questions:

  • Why are you passionate about librarianship?
  • Why have you chosen this career field?
  • Why should others continue to support and believe in the power of libraries?

Contributions can be based on research, education, personal experience/reflection, or a combination of these. Full chapters will consist of between 2,500 to 5,500 words.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • The role of librarians and libraries as change agents;

  • Unique/innovative programming and services to underserved populations (e.g. people with disabilities, veterans, returning citizens, LGBTQIA community);

  • Unique/innovative programming and services to members of any population;

  • Narratives that address the impact and influence libraries/librarians have had on your life;

  • Models of effective programming/services related to cultural competence, diversity, equity, and social justice;

  • Future possibilities for information provision through libraries.

If you are interested in submitting an abstract of a chapter to be considered for inclusion in this edited volume, please share:

  1. Your name and contact information;
  2. A tentative title for your chapter; and
  3. One to four paragraphs that describe what you plan to share through your writing.


Please submit your abstract by 11:59 PM on Friday, July 12, 2019 by clicking or copy/pasting the link that follows: https://forms.gle/3vU7A8DVvxz16yAw6

Full chapters will be due by Monday, December 2, 2019.

 

If you have questions or would like additional information, please email me at: rfhill@umd.edu

Call for Submissions