Thursday, March 11, 2010

CFP: Journal of Organisational Transformation and Social Change Special issue: Renewing libraries: organizational transformation for social Change

CALL FOR PAPERS: Journal of Organisational Transformation and Social Change Special issue: Renewing libraries: organizational transformation for social change

Guest Editors: Simon Shurville & Helen Partridge

Contact: Helen Partridge Email: h.partridge at


Abstract submission: May 10 2010
Author notification: June 1 2010
Full articles due: September 1 2010
Authors Receive Reviews: November 1 2010
Final Articles: December 31 2010
Publication of special issue: Early 2011


First published in 1994 the Journal of Organisational Transformation and Social Change is an international peer reviewed scholarly journal. It is dedicated to exploring the developments in social and organisational structures. The journal encompasses the social sciences, including organisational and management science, management systems/operational research and cybernetics, social psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science, psychohistory, as well as economics, law, mathematics and matters relating to the information or knowledge society. It is read by academics working in the area of management, organisational behavior, social psychology, organisational anthropology, human resource development. It is relevant to business schools and university departments across the world, including Europe and the USA. It is also directed towards those who make policy and their advisors, and to managers. Further information on the journal can be found at,id=128/view,page=0


This special issue of the Journal of Organisational Transformation and Social Change will identify and share evidence of successful organisational transformations in which librarians and libraries have demonstrated themselves to be adaptable and responsive to the particular threats and opportunities presented by the new technologies and services of the mass digitized age while maintaining the core values of librarianship. Authors are invited to submit articles which address how libraries are transforming themselves to better serve the knowledge society. The following is a suggested list of topics:

* Adopting new business processes and technologies:
o Accommodating industrial dynamics for library products
o Digital rights management
o Federating mass digitization
o Ontologies and the semantic web
o Social networking and Web 2.0

* Developing librarians of the future:
o Adjusting to new workforce demographics
o Continuing professional development and work-based learning for librarians
o Developing collaborative capacity between librarians and other information management professions
o Executive education for librarians
o Globalized tertiary education for librarians
o Opening new pathways to professional status for librarians
o Transforming professional bodies
o Updating curricula and qualifications for librarians

* Management and organizational structures:
o Eliminating silos without sacrificing expertise
o Establishing federations, joint ventures and public/private partnerships
o E-transformation of library processes
o Leading multicultural and multidisciplinary teams
o Organizational learning
o Managing agility, change and innovation
o Strategic workforce planning

* Promoting digital literacy and social inclusion:
o Accommodating demographic change of library clients
o Digital archiving and preservation
o Educating the population in digital literacy
o Ensuring access to knowledge for those with disabilities
o Promoting immediate and equitable access to knowledge
o Supporting flexible and lifelong learning
o Sustaining communities of practice

* Renewing library infrastructure:
o Information architectures to facilitate federations and partnerships
o Integrating innovative physical and virtual spaces
o Joint libraries
o Remote access to library services
o Sustainable infrastructure
o Virtual libraries

* Supporting research:
o Federating search: political and technical issues
o Implementing institutional repositories
o Integrating digital and physical knowledge sources

Interdisciplinary approaches to documenting the transformation of libraries are strongly encouraged. Articles which integrate a selection of these topics will be especially welcome. Appropriate methodologies and traditions include action research, anthropology, change management, cybernetics, education, ethnomethodology, human resource management, innovation management, information management, information systems, knowledge management, organisational psychology, organisational theory, social psychology, strategic workforce management and technology management.


Prospective authors should submit a 500 word abstract which includes key words and references. These abstracts will be reviewed by the guest editors and successful authors will be notified by e-mail. The successful authors will be invited to submit their full articles of up to 6,000 words which adhere to the style guide from the publishers (available at All articles will be double-blind reviewed. The copyright of all material published will be vested with the journal.

Please submit abstracts to: h.partridge at