Monday, November 22, 2004

CFP “The Library in the Life of the Reader": A Special Issue of Library Quarterly

CFP: “The Library in the Life of the Reader": A Special Issue of Library Quarterly
Call for Papers Deadline: March 1, 2005

URL For Call for Papers:

The study of historical and cultural aspects of readers and reading is a new but fast-growing area that overlaps with the history of the book and of print culture, and draws on the theories and methodologies of history, literary criticism, cultural studies, and sociology. But reading researchers have tended to overlook libraries as subject for study, thereby missing an important context in which reading commonly takes place. We are interested in research that explores the ways in which contemporary and historically situated groups and individuals encounter public, academic, school, special, private and other types of libraries. We anticipate examples of reader groups to be distinguished by their occupancy of a particular time period (including the present) as well as social, cultural and geographic place. They might include, for example, racial and ethnic minorities, immigrants, religious organizations, children, rural residents, interest group members or the GLBT community.

Submissions should conform to style conventions found in The Library Quarterly (see, not exceed 6,000 words (excluding endnotes), and be accompanied by a 100-word abstract. We encourage mailed submissions as an attachment in Word or pdf format.

Christine Pawley
School of Library and Information Science
The University of Iowa
3074 Main Library
Iowa City, IA, 52242-1420
phone: (319) 335-5711
fax:(319) 335-5374