Friday, January 04, 2008

CFP: Urban Library Journal presents "The Creative Library"

CFP: Urban Library Journal presents "The Creative Library"

Are you a creative librarian? Would you describe your library as a creative organization? If so, then you may have an article to contribute to Urban Library Journal.

Urban Library Journal (ULJ), an online refereed journal of research and discussion dealing with all aspects of urban libraries and librarianship, is seeking the submission of manuscripts for the spring 2008 issue. The issue will be devoted to "The Creative Library."

We are pleased to announce that Steven Bell, Associate University Librarian for Research and Instructional Services at Temple University, will be the guest editor. The issue will showcase innovative ways that urban libraries are meeting the challenge of organizational change, diverse user populations, emerging technologies, and other issues facing twenty-first century libraries. Topics might include (but are not limited to):

-Leading creative organizations
-Fostering creativity in the library
-Using creativity to resolve complex challenges
-Creative ways to build great user experiences
-Developing processes that encourage innovation
-Creative patron programming for orientations, cultural events, etc.
-Creative methods to get the library community engaged or passionate about the library
-Creative techniques for leveraging Web 2.0 technology for connecting with library users

We encourage submissions from professionals in academic, research, public, school and special libraries in an urban setting. Manuscript length is flexible but should normally fall between 2,000 and 5,000 words. Full author guidelines can be found on the ULJ website

Abstracts are due by February 2, 2008. Full manuscripts are due by April 4,
2008. Please email queries and submissions to the journal co-editors:

Lisa Finder
Associate Professor/Serials Librarian
Hunter College Libraries


Lauren Yannotta
Assistant Professor/Instructional Design Librarian
Hunter College Libraries