Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Call for Chapters: Library Automation and OPAC 2.0: Information Access and Services in the 2.0 Landscape

Call for Chapters: Library Automation and OPAC 2.0: Information Access and Services in the 2.0 Landscape
Proposal Submission Deadline: June 25, 2010

Library Automation and OPAC 2.0: Information Access and Services in the 2.0 Landscape
A book edited by Dr. Jesús Tramullas and Dr. Piedad Garrido
University of Zaragoza (Spain)


Library automation was an interesting research topic and a classical development in the eighties and nineties. However, during the last decade, big research effort was centered in digital libraries, leaving library automation in the background. Nevertheless, the beginning of web 2.0 and social networks favored the resurgence of library automation, since available methods and techniques made possible the design and implementation of novel ways of managing, accessing and dissemination of the information throughout libraries and information services. The combination of different technologies previously used in digital libraries, the integration of social network tools, and the popularization of digital information access through specialized devices have made possible that the research community, professionals and users of librarian systems and networks take up interest in library automation again, and user interaction, by means of OPACs 2.0.

As a result, a new research trend is being carried out. It includes the basis, techniques and tools for library automation, specially centered in information access from the end-users’ perspective, as service receivers, as well as active participants in the enrichment, participation and dissemination process of the digital information products. In this field of knowledge, the research and development has focused on information standards, data treatment and labeling, semantic web, information visualization, user interfaces, information literacy, e-books, social networks, etc. The interaction between digital world and social world has created the library 2.0 concept, an expression which integrates them. In order for library 2.0 to be possible, it is necessary for the research, development and smart integration of technological solutions, which assist users to satisfy their information access requirements.


The objective of this book is to provide a reference source about theoretical and technical foundations of library automation in library 2.0 context. This publication will compile both the state of the art, and the key innovative projects about the matter.

Intended audience

This edited book will be an ideal reference book at university levels to bachelors, masters, research students and faculties in several areas spanning from library science, information science and knowledge management, and computer science Also, it is a must read source for librarians and information managers and experts who want to develop innovation information products based on 2.0 services.

Topic Areas

This book will invite submissions describing ongoing innovative work and applications on these interdisciplinary areas coving library automation, library 2.0 technologies and services, innovative OPACs, library data visualization, social networks on libraries, theory and best practices, metadata, etc. Specifically, book chapters include, but are not limited to:

New and innovative library systems
OPAC 2.0 products
User interfaces for libraries and library systems.
Library 2.0 services and products
Library 2.0 user information behavior
Social networks on libraries 2.0
Library data visualization.
Collaborative technologies on libraries
Semantic libraries and open data
Theory and reflection about library 2.0

Submission Guidelines
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before June 15, 2010, a 2 to 3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the missions and concerns of his proposed chapter, as a PDF or DOC file attachment to the editors ( or The proposal should contain the following information:

1. Name of the book chapter
2. Name of author(s), email address and affiliation
3. Technical area covered in the chapter
4. Main contributions which will be made by author(s)
5. Technical novelty of the contribution
6. Detailed table of contents of the chapter

Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by July 15, 2010 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by September 15, 2010. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis.

This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference”, (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit The publication of this edited book is anticipated to be released in 2011.

Important Dates:
June 25, 2010: Proposal Submission Deadline
July 15, 2010: Notification of acceptance/rejection
November 5, 2010: Full chapter submission
December 5, 2010: Reviews Results Returned
January 20, 2011: Revised Chapter Submission
January 30, 2011: Final Deadline

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded to:
Dr. Jesús Tramullas ( or Dr. Piedad Garrido (