Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Call for Participation and Save the Date for Bibliometrics and Research Assessment: A Symposium for Librarians and Information Professionals

Call for Participation and Save the Date for Bibliometrics and Research Assessment: A Symposium for Librarians and Information Professionals

Join us on October 31 and November 1, 2016 for Bibliometrics and Research Assessment: A Symposium for Librarians and Information Professionals at the main National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus in Bethesda, MD for a two-day symposium on research assessment by librarians and information professionals. This symposium intends to bring together librarians and information professionals from academic, corporate, and government institutions to share ideas and best practices around the production and delivery of research assessment services.

Day 1 will feature keynote speakers discussing current trends in the fields of bibliometrics and research assessment, a poster session featuring librarians and information professionals who provide these services, and a group discussion on the role of librarians in research assessment.

Day 2 will feature a hands-on training session where participants will learn how to perform basic bibliometric analyses, including measuring citation impact and creating various kinds of bibliometric networks.

If you are a librarian or information professional already active in this area, please submit a proposal for the poster session. Send the title and abstract of your proposed poster to Chris Belter (christopher.belter@nih.govand Ya-Ling Lu (ya-ling.lu@nih.gov) by July 1, 2016. Proposals will be peer-reviewed and notifications of accepted posters will be made by July 15.

Registration and additional information about the symposium will be provided over the next couple of months. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Chris Belter (christopher.belter@nih.gov) and Ya-Ling Lu (ya-ling.lu@nih.gov).

This event is co-sponsored by the NIH Library and the Maryland chapter of SLA.



Ya-Ling Lu, PhD
Informationist
National Institutes of Health Library
Division of Library Services
Office of Research Services
Bldg 10, Rm 1L09D, 10 Center Drive
Bethesda, MD 20892 USA
Tel: (301) 594-6275 | Fax: (301) 402-0254
Email: ya-ling.lu@nih.gov

CFP: Journal of New Librarianship (Open access journal)

The Journal of New Librarianship is pleased to announce that it is accepting submissions for its inaugural issue, anticipated for Fall 2016.

Submissions may include, but are not limited to: Solicited articles; Scholarly Articles; Essays; Experience and opinion pieces; Media (i.e., podcasts, video, etc.) relevant to innovative practices in librarianship; Book reviews; Technology reviews; Letters to the Editor on topics relevant to the field; Data sets; Manifestos; Extended scholarship (Greater than 15,000 words); and Interviews. Please see below for more details regarding the call for submissions.

This launch is the result of collaborative efforts among colleagues within the field of Library and Information Sciences. There is a need to offer quality literature in our field in an open, independently produced journal. Beyond that, we believe that the library is meant to set an example for academia. Free and open access to information and innovation is crucial to the future of our institutions and profession. By providing an outlet that mixes both traditional and disruptive forms of scholarly and professional communication, we can change the way our profession shares and leads.

Please view the attached documents, visit http://newlibs.org/ or email info@newlibs.org for more information.

Thank you,

Cinthya Ippoliti


Cinthya Ippoliti
Associate Dean for Research and Learning Services
Oklahoma State University|OSU Library

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The Journal of New Librarianship is pleased to announce that it is accepting submissions for its inaugural issue, anticipated for Fall 2016.

Submissions may include, but are not limited to: Solicited articles; Scholarly Articles; Essays; Experience and opinion pieces; Media (i.e., podcasts, video, etc) relevant to innovative practices in librarianship; Book reviews; Technology reviews; Letters to the Editor on topics relevant to the field; Data sets; Manifestos; Extended scholarship (Greater than 15,000 words); and Interviews.

Non-english content is welcome. Translation assistance is available for accepted works.

Authors must submit an abstract for all submissions.

Authors must submit a cover letter. This should be uploaded as the “Supporting File” when submitted via Scholastica. The cover letter should include the origin of the project, whether it has been presented and if so where, and affirmation of its originality, veracity, and the author’s right to include all submitted material, data, and media. If the submission has been published or showcased publicly in any other manner (a blog post, as an uploaded YouTube video, etc) please include links to these as well as any notes about the circumstances and reception of the content.

The cover letter should inform the editors of any time-related issues that should be considered. If material needs to be published that week to remain relevant, let us know. If it would be more relevant if published during a particular conference, let us know. We publish everything on a rolling basis, but hope to have all content be as timely as possible.

When submitting via Scholastica, authors will be asked to list potential reviewers who they deem to be appropriate, as well as any the editorial board should avoid. If the latter field is populated, please tell us in the cover letter (in broad strokes) why this is the case.

The manuscript should be submitted in docx format only. For submissions which are not text-based, authors should submit an accompanying text document in the manuscript submission section of Scholastica, separate from the cover letter, which presents a textual presentation of the submission for the readership - something more detailed than your abstract, but not so much that it takes focus away from the primary submission. Accompanying media of any kind should be submitted as separate files, which includes tables and images. The author is responsible for securing any rights required for the republication of any included media and for providing appropriate citations and/or rights statements.

Media submissions may be submitted in two ways. If possible, please upload the media file to Scholastica via the “Supporting File” section. If the file is too large or the tool is otherwise not working, please email info@newlibs.org to make alternative arrangements.

Submissions may be published elsewhere at the author’s discretion. If they appear elsewhere before they are submitted or during the publishing process, we ask that the author inform the editors. This will not impact the review process in any way. We just want to make sure we promote the work and give credit to wherever it might appear first as appropriate.

Recordings of interviews and conversations are welcome, and should be submitted with a verified transcript.

All media in which someone other than the author is audible or visible must be submitted with appropriate release forms, or other documented evidence of the participants’ willingness to be involved.

Textual submissions should conform to APA 6th edition format wherever applicable.

GLA and SELA Call for Proposals: GaCOMO 2016 (Athens, Georgia - October 2016)

The Southeast Library Association and the Georgia Library Association invite proposals for the 2016 COMO conference.  We will be accepting submissions until 5/30 on all aspects of librarianship and from all areas.  Our theme is Reinvent, Reimagine, Rediscover Libraries.

This year's conference will take place October 5-7, 2016 at the Classic Center in Athens, Georgia. Proposals are now being accepted for  pre-conference sessions, presentations, demonstrations and posters.

All proposal submissions are due by May 30, 2016. Guidelines and forms for submitting your proposal(s) can be found on the proposal form here: https://classiccenter.formstack.com/forms/gacomo_presentationproposalform2016 

For questions regarding proposal submissions, please contact Jean Cook at jcook@westga.edu . 

Best of luck to potential presenters! We look forward to seeing you in Athens. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

CALL FOR PRESENTERS – ACRL “INTERSECTIONS OF SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION LITERACY” WORKSHOP

ACRL is accepting applications from prospective new presenters for the workshop “Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy.” The day-long workshop will be led by two expert presenters at locations across the country. This new in-person workshop is intended to increase librarians’ leadership on issues and projects related to scholarly communication’s connection with information literacy. The target audience for the workshops is academic librarians with responsibilities related to coordinating and teaching in the areas of scholarly communication and information literacy. ACRL seeks to expand our pool of presenters by recruiting experienced individuals to join our existing team. Presenters may also be asked to present webcasts or teach online courses.
Required:
  • A member of ACRL.
  • A designated role in scholarly communication and/or information literacy within your library.
  • Evidence of understanding of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education, the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, and a wide range of scholarly communication issues as pertaining to libraries and higher education.
  • A deep conceptual understanding of the intersections between information literacy and scholarly communication.
  • Experience with instructional design or workshop design and meeting facilitation.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage in collaborative planning.
  • Experience working in academic or research libraries.
  • Available to participate in curriculum updates and workshop planning during monthly one hour conference calls.
  • Must be available to attend up to two roadshows to be offered in fall/winter 2016 to shadow current presenters, then co-present an average of two workshops per year.
Strongly preferred:
  • Ability to observe the “Building a Curriculum on the Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy” workshop held in conjunction with the ALA Annual Conference on Friday, June 24, 2016 in Orlando, FL.
  • Prior attendance at an ACRL Scholarly Communication “Roadshow” workshop and/or the ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Program.
Expectations
The workshop content is dynamic and evolving, and the new presenters will participate in shaping the curriculum as a collegial partner with the current presenters. The workshop curriculum has been designed and will be piloted at the ALA Annual Conference. New presenters would be expected to participate in curriculum updates.
New presenters will gain experience by shadowing experienced presenters and team-teaching a section or assignment before taking a leading role. The new presenters will ideally participate in two workshops during fall/winter 2016 and present a minimum of two workshops per year thereafter. Presenters may need to participate in planning calls and/or in-person meetings held in conjunction with the ALA Midwinter and/or Annual Conference. Presenters must be able to participate in a training session, currently being created, for presenters of all ACRL professional development licensed workshops. ACRL will reimburse the presenters for travel costs for workshop presentation to include flights, hotel, ground transportation, and per diem for meals. ACRL provides a modest honorarium to experienced presenters.
How to applyTo apply, please prepare the following materials. Applications must be submitted electronically as a single PDF document that includes:
  1. A statement addressing the following questions (two pages max for all). Please use examples of your instructional experiences in your response including links to teaching materials, videos, etc.:
    • Why do you want to be a presenter for this workshop?
    • Demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the intersections of scholarly communication and information literacy by selecting an element and discussing it in detail.
    • What experience do you have in developing curricula?
    • Are there relevant experiences of which you would like us to be aware?
  2. Your resume.
  3. The names and contact information for two references who have direct knowledge of your experience and expertise.
The single PDF application must be submitted via email by 5 p.m. Central on Friday, June 3, 2016, to Merinda Kaye Hensley, member of the ACRL Intersections Professional Development Working Group at mhensle1@illinois.edu. ACRL has formed a small review team, separate from the current presenters, to consider applications and conduct telephone interviews. The group will select new presenters for 2016-2017 and notify all applicants by Friday, June 17, 2016.
If you have questions of any kind, don’t hesitate to contact Merinda Kaye Hensley at mhensle1@illinois.edu or (217)244-1880.

Monday, May 23, 2016

CFP: Advances in Library Administration and Organization 2017 Volume: Emotion in the Library Workplace

Call for proposals
Advances in Library Administration and Organization 2017 Volume:  Emotion in the Library Workplace
Series Editor: Samantha Hines, Missoula College at the University of Montana
Volume Editor: Miriam Matteson, Kent State University

Emotions are prevalent in the library workplace leading to many questions and areas of analysis worth exploring. For example, what tools for developing emotional intelligence are used effectively in library workplaces?  How can emotional labor be managed to minimize  the negative effects of emotion work? How can library employees express authentic emotions while still adhering to service expectations? How does dispositional affect – how one experiences emotions - influence relationships in the workplace? What role does emotion play in effective as well as ideal library leadership and management? In this volume we welcome submissions that consider how emotions or related concepts such as affect, mood, or discrete feelings, intersect with library administration.

The first 2017 volume of Advances in Library Administration and Organization will focus on the role of emotions in the library workplace.  ALAO offers long-form research, comprehensive discussions of theoretical developments, and in-depth accounts of evidence-based practice in library administration and organization.  The series aims to answer the questions, “How have libraries been managed, and how should they be managed?” It goes beyond a platform for the sharing of research to provide a venue for dialogue across issues, in a way that traditional peer reviewed journals cannot.  Through this series, practitioners can glean new approaches in challenging times and collaborate on the exploration of scholarly solutions to professional quandaries. 

We are currently seeking proposals for the 2017 volume on emotions in the library workplace.  If you are interested in being part of this volume, please send a proposal including author details and estimated length of final submission to Samantha Hines at Samantha.hines@umontana.edu by July 15, 2016.

Submission deadlines:
  • Submission deadline for proposals: July 15, 2016
  • Notification of acceptance sent by:  August 31, 2016
  • Submission deadline for full chapters:  October 31, 2016
  • Comments returned to authors:  December 31, 2016
  • Submission deadline for chapter revisions:  February 15, 2017



CFP: The Politics of Theory and the Practice of Critical Librarianship

Call for Papers
The Politics of Theory and the Practice of Critical Librarianship
Editors: Karen P. Nicholson and Maura Seale
Publisher: Library Juice Press

Over the past fifteen years, librarians have increasingly looked to theory as a means to destabilize normative discourses and practices within LIS, to engage in inclusive and non-authoritarian pedagogies, and to organize for social justice (Accardi, Drabinski, & Kumbier, 2010; Birdsall, 2001; Doherty, 2005; Elmborg, 2006; Gage, 2004; Gregory & Higgins, 2013; Jacobs, 2008; Swanson, 2004). “Critlib,” short for “critical librarianship,” is variously used to refer to a growing body of scholarship, an intellectual or activist movement within librarianship, an online community that occasionally organizes in-person meetings, and an informal Twitter discussion space active since 2014, identified by the #critlib hashtag. Critlib “aims to engage in discussion about critical perspectives on library practice” but it also seeks to bring “social justice principles into our work in libraries” (http://critlib.org/about/).

In recent months, the role of theory within librarianship in general, and critical librarianship more specifically, has emerged as a site of tension within the profession. In spite of an avowedly activist and social justice-oriented agenda, critlib–as an online discussion space at least–has come under fire from some for being inaccessible, exclusionary, elitist, and disconnected from the practice of librarianship, empirical scholarship, and on-the-ground organizing for socioeconomic and political change. At the same time, critical librarianship may be becoming institutionalized, as seen in the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, the January 2015 editorial in College and Research Libraries that specifically solicited articles using critical theory or humanistic approaches, and the publication of several critical librarianship monographs by the Association of College and Research Libraries.

The present volume provides an opportunity for librarians, archivists, LIS educators and students, information workers, and others with a stake and interest in these issues to engage in a critical and thoughtful reflection on the role of theory within the practice of librarianship. We welcome submissions representing a range of perspectives and opinions in order to inspire discussion and reflection within the profession at large. Possible themes include, but are not limited to:

Is (Critical) Librarianship (Im)Practical?
– The origins, history and implications of philosophical, theoretical, and practical approaches and imperatives within and to librarianship.
– How do they relate to the gendering or racialization of librarianship? To the often marginal role of librarians within the academy? To the service-orientation of librarianship?
– How do they relate to librarianship as a profession? To library scholarship? To everyday work and practices?
– What roles do/can/should difficult texts and the space/place for reading, reflection, and scholarship play within librarianship?

Sites of Tension
– Theory and practice; scholarship and activism.
– Professional/disciplinary/activist communities as spaces of inclusion/exclusion.
– Explorations of the ways that these issues and tensions have been discussed in other fields (both emerging and established). How might these inform discussion and reflection within librarianship?
– The performative nature of disciplinary methods, theories, vocabularies, and boundaries. How might these be productive or counterproductive or both?
– Cultural and social capital and other forms of dominance or power.
– In/accessibility: language, communities, status, time.
– The ways in which all of these topics are inflected by race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, and other forms of difference.

Critical Librarianship in a Broader Context
– Is critical librarianship becoming institutionalized? What might that mean for the broader field of librarianship? What might that mean for everyday work practices and politics?
– Moving beyond critical theory: What other kinds of theory or theorizing could be useful? What kinds of practices could be productive?
– Critical librarianship in relation to other activist, critical, or radical movements.

Submission Guidelines
Proposals are to include: title, description (no more than 500 words), and a brief biography of the author(s). Remit the proposal as a Word document in an email totheory.practice.in.critlib@gmail.com with the subject line: Proposal Theory and Practice Last Name(s). Given the subject matter, we seek to include original texts in a variety of formats, including scholarly research articles (5000-8000 words), reflective/personal narratives, editorials (1000-2000 words) that engage thoughtfully with these themes.

Submissions (500 words) due July 31, 2016
Notifications sent out by August 31, 2016
Completed manuscripts due December 31, 2016
Manuscript to publisher by end of June 2017
Book to be published Fall 2017

If you have any questions, please email theory.practice.in.critlib@gmail.com.

CFP: Indiana Libraries (Issue on Information Literacy and/or Informed Learning)

Call for Articles: An upcoming special edition of Indiana Libraries will focus on information literacy and/or informed learning.

Article proposals are solicited for the issue, to be published in the fall of 2016.  Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Information literacy/informed learning and  specific groups of individuals (international, ESL, first generation, transfer, non-traditional), college or university students, K-12, or public library patrons 
  • How is information literacy/informed learning implemented at your library? 
  • What has worked at your institution?  What has failed and why?
  • Librarian and faculty collaboration
  • LibGuides and information literacy/informed learning
  • Thoughts on the ACRL Framework
  • Annotated bibliographies of print or electronic sources on information literacy/informed learning
  • Comparisons of information literacy and informed learning
  • Best practices

Timeline:
  • Proposals due July 20, 2016
  • Notification of proposal acceptance August 1, 2016
  • September 15, 2016 articles are due
  • Publication is scheduled for fall of 2016


Please submit your proposal and/or questions to Karen Evans at karen.evans@indstate.edu
For additional information on submitting to this issue, view the Indiana Libraries website: http://journals.iupui.edu/index.php/IndianaLibraries/about

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Call for Topics: UKSG 2017 (Harrogate, UK April 2017)

The UKSG committee invites you to suggest topics and speakers for our 2017 Annual Conference, to be held in Harrogate, UK from Monday 10 to Wednesday 12 April 2017.

The conference attracts almost 1,000 delegates from across the global knowledge community, including librarians, publishers and intermediaries. It provides a much respected forum for discussing trends, showcasing initiatives, finding out about current practice
across sectors, and connecting with other professionals.

Suggestions are invited for topics for plenary sessions, breakout sessions and lightning talks; in all cases, we welcome suggestions of speakers alongside topic ideas. Please submit your suggestions via the UKSG website:

http://www.uksg.org/event/uksg-cfp-2017

The deadline for suggestions is Friday 10 June 2016. We will aim to contact you by the end of July to let you know if your idea has been taken up.

We look forward to your suggestions!

Best wishes,

Charlie.

Honorary Secretary, UKSG

Charlie Rapple
Sales & Marketing Director
Co-Founder
charlie@growkudos.com

Reviewers Needed for ARLIS/NA Multimedia & Technology Reviews

ARLIS/NA Multimedia & Technology Reviews Needs You!
 
ARLIS/NA Multimedia & Technology Reviews Co-editors are seeking volunteers to author reviews for the August 2016 issue. To volunteer, choose a resource from the list below and complete our review form by Wednesday, June 1, 2016.
 
Initial draft submissions are due Friday, July 1, 2016.
 
Contributing to ARLIS/NA Multimedia & Technology Reviews is a great opportunity to get involved with the Society, learn about interesting new resources, and help shape the publication. Please feel free to read the complete review guidelines and direct comments and questions about the reviews to arlisna.mtr@gmail.com.
 
Submitted by ARLIS/NA Multimedia & Technology Reviews Co-editors:
 
Melanie Emerson
Gabriella Karl-Johnson
Emilee Mathews
 
Resources for Review: We seek reviewers for the following resources.
**The snippets below are taken from each resource's web page and are not necessarily the opinions of the M&T Reviews Co-Editors.
 
ACI Online Art Books http://www.aci-iac.ca/art-books/ "The Art Canada Institute is a non-profit research organization based at Massey College, University of Toronto. Founded in 2012, the ACI is the only national institution whose mandate is to promote the study of an inclusive multi-vocal Canadian art history to as broad an audience as possible, in both English and French, within Canada and internationally. The ACI works with more than 50 of Canada's leading art historians, curators, and visual culture experts who are dedicated to the creation of authoritative original content on the people, themes, and topics that have defined Canadian art history."
 
Anno Tate https://anno.tate.org.uk/#/ "AnnoTate is a transcription tool developed to enable volunteers to read and transcribe the personal papers of British-born and √©migr√© artists, including Josef Herman, Barbara Hepworth and Kurt Schwitters. Drawn from the world's largest archive of British Art - Tate Archive - participants can help to provide full text transcriptions of handwritten documents, helping to reveal the inspiration and stories behind some of the greatest works of the past century."
 
ArchiteXX http://architexx.org "ARCHITEXX is an independent, unaffiliated organization for women in architecture that seeks to transform the profession of architecture by BRIDGING THE ACADEMY AND PRACTICE.  We are a cross-generational group of academics and practitioners.  We believe that seeds established in the academy and adopted in practice, are outdated models which perpetuate myths and unsustainable trends in the personal, private, and workplace group experience and public, client perception."
 
Black Contemporary Art http://blackcontemporaryart.tumblr.com/ "a place for art by and about people of african descent. this tumblelog does not claim the rights to any of these images. this tumbelog was initiated by museummammy in 2011 and features posts by whitedevilsophistry, xaymacans, ranaa, lurkinglate, and others."
** The editors would like the reviewer to have (or create) a Tumblr to interact with this resource within Tumblr
 
Creativz creativz.us "CREATIVZ is a conversation about how artists in the United States live and work and what they need to sustain and strengthen their careers. It's part of a research project from the Center for Cultural Innovation and the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Surdna Foundation. Overall research and online strategy by Helicon. Online strategy and production by We Media. "
 
Display at Your Own Risk http://displayatyourownrisk.org/ "Display At Your Own Risk (DAYOR) is a research-led exhibition experiment featuring digital surrogates of public domain works of art produced by cultural heritage institutions of international repute. The project includes a Gallery Exhibition as well as an open source version of that exhibition intended for public use."
 
LA Review of Books https://lareviewofbooks.org "The Los Angeles Review of Books is a nonprofit, multimedia literary and cultural arts magazine that combines the great American tradition of the serious book review with the evolving technologies of the Web. We are a community of writers, critics, journalists, artists, filmmakers, and scholars dedicated to promoting and disseminating the best that is thought and written, with an enduring commitment to the intellectual rigor, the incisiveness, and the power of the written word."
 
UnattendedVaporware http://onchanneltwo.com/CH2-unattendedVaporware "Attention international travelers! UnattendedVaporware is the world's largest geolocation-based augmented reality network of site specific public artworks. See UnattendedVaporware inside every international airport on the planet. Download the free UnattendedVaporware app on The App Store or Google Play. Waiting in the security line? Flight delayed? Use your mobile device to reveal UnattendedVaporware."
** Reviewer will need to download the app for iOS or Android and be in an international airport at least once during the time of writing in order to analyze the resource
 
 
Emilee Mathews
Research Librarian for Visual Arts
Liaison to Art, Art History, Film & Media Studies, and the Visual Studies Program
 
University of California, Irvine
PO Box 19557 Zot 8100
Irvine, CA 92623
 

Call for Chapters: Gender Studies in the Library: Case Studies, Programming, Outreach

Gender Studies in the Library: Case Studies, Programming, Outreach

Book Publisher: McFarland

Carol Smallwood, co-editor. Library's Role in Supporting Financial Literacy for Patrons (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016); public library administrator, special, school librarian.

Lura Sanborn, co-editor. Women, Work, and the Web, contributor, (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015); public, academic, school librarian.

One or two chapters sought from U.S. practicing academic, public, school, special librarians, LIS faculty, sharing practical know-how about what works for Women/ Men/LGBTIQ to meet patron gender information. Chapters sought useful to public, school, special librarians, LIS faculty: proven, creative, case studies, how-to chapters based on experience to help colleagues with innovative workshops, outreach, grants, resources.

Topics could include but are not limited to: getting boys to use the library; showcasing GBLTIQ voices; programming, successful examples, intentions and outcomes; acquisitions, to support, showcase, represent; wage gaps; women's studies librarianship. No previously published, simultaneously submitted material. One, two, or three authors per chapter; each chapter by the same author(s). Compensation: one complimentary copy per 3,000-4,000 word chapter accepted no matter how many co-authors or if one or two chapters: author discount on more.

Please e-mail titles of proposed chapters each described in a few sentences by June 30, 2016, brief bio on each author; place GEN, Your Name on subject line: smallwood@tm.net

Monday, May 09, 2016

2nd Call For Chapters - Advances in Librarianship: Re-Envisioning the MLS: Perspectives on the Future of LIS Education

Edited by Lindsay C. Sarin, Johnna Percell, Paul T. Jaeger, & John Carlo Bertot.
The last several years have been marked by a number of societal challenges and changes that include, but are not limited to, the evolving nature of our economy; the workforce skills needed to succeed in a shifting job market; advances in technology; the changing nature of information and the methods of accessing it; transformations in education and learning approaches; and rapid demographic shifts occurring in our communities. Libraries are not immune to these challenges, and there is much discussion regarding the future of libraries among library professionals, in the media, and by politicians. As we consider the future of libraries, we need to simultaneously focus on the future of librarians – and how our instructional programs in general and the Master of Library Science (MLS) degree (and its variants) programs – prepare them for their careers.
Taking inspiration from the University of Maryland’s iSchool and the Information Policy & Access Center’s (iPAC) Re-Envisioning the MLS initiative, this book seeks chapters on topics that include, but are not limited to:
  • The extent to which the MLS/MLIS degree is necessary or not necessary;
  • The changing nature of the communities that libraries serve and how LIS education has (or has not) addressed these changes;
  • Librarian values;
  • Qualities and qualifications necessary for effective LIS educators;
  • Qualities and qualifications necessary for future librarians/LIS students;
  • Aspects of the MLS/MLIS degree we need to maintain and/or those we need to let go;
  • Career paths for LIS grads (e.g. pathways outside of libraries);
  • The relevance of ALA accreditation and/or a discussion of the accreditation process; and
  • The impact of iSchools on MLS/MLIS education.
The book welcomes chapters that include case studies, empirical studies, and best practices from around the world. Please direct questions and submissions to: advancesLISeducation@gmail.com
Important Dates:

  • June 6, 2016: Submission of 750-1,000 word chapter proposal
  • July 8, 2016: Notification of chapter acceptance to authors
  • October 1, 2016: Draft chapter due
  • November 1, 2016: Final chapters due
  • Summer 2017: Estimated publication date
About the Editors
Lindsay C. Sarin is the Master of Library Science (MLS) Program Manager of the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, Reviews Editor of The Library Quarterly, and Editor of The Political Librarian.
Johnna Percell is the Communications Coordinator of the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland and Associate Editor of The Political Librarian.
Paul T. Jaeger, Ph.D., J.D., is Professor, Diversity Officer, and Director of the Master of Library Science (MLS) program of the College of Information Studies and Co-Director of the Information Policy and Access Center at the University of Maryland.
John Carlo Bertot, Ph.D., is Professor and co-director of the Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland College Park.