Thursday, February 19, 2004

Library as Place -- Special Issue of Library Quarterly (University of Chicago Press)

For a special issue of Library Quarterly (University of Chicago Press)
that we are editing, we are seeking papers on the theme of the "Library as
Place." The journal is interested in publishing papers that relate to the
historical and/or contemporary place of the library within its community
of interest, the role of the library as an important locus within the
public sphere, the influence of the library as a public or civic space
within contemporary urban or rural landscapes, and the uses made of
library spaces by various clienteles and the public in general. In
particular, we would encourage submission of papers that discuss the
meaning(s) of the library in the lives of its users and user groups, and
the ways in which library places and spaces are socially, culturally,
politically and economically constructed and understood. All types of
library places are of interest, including those in the public, academic,
school, and organizational realms. A variety of theoretical and
methodological approaches are welcomed.

Papers should be prepared in accordance with the Library Quarterly
Instructions to Authors and submitted to Gloria Leckie, (Faculty of
Information and Media Studies, Middlesex College, Room 255, University of
Western Ontario, London, Ont. N6A 5B7, email or John
Buschman (Moore Library 234, Rider University, 2083 Lawrence Road,
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648, email no later than Feb. 1,