Wednesday, September 08, 2010

CFP: School Libraries Worldwide

CFP: School Libraries Worldwide

School Libraries as Place, School Libraries as Space
January 2011 (Volume 17, Number 1)
Editors: Nancy Everhart and Marcia Mardis

School Libraries Worldwide is the official professional and research journal of the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL). It is published twice yearly, in January and July and is available online and through select periodical databases. School Libraries Worldwide publishes new works of current research and scholarship in school librarianship. Each issue contains exceptional papers relating to the issue theme and a selection of papers representing outstanding research on any aspect of school librarianship. All papers are double-blind peer reviewed and adhere to the highest editorial standards.

This issue of School Libraries Worldwide will explore the theme School Libraries as Place, School Libraries as Space. Yi-Fu Tuan wrote in Space and place: The perspective of experience (2001), "the former [place] provides the fixity necessary for security and the latter [space] the opportunity for movement and exploration." This definition is our point of departure, not our fixed interpretation. We encourage papers that both affirm and challenge definitions of space and place.

This issue will expand the opportunities for researchers to share their work relating to space and place in school libraries and their physical, virtual, philosophical, and social presences.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
· School libraries as places and spaces for knowledge sharing and learning in virtual and physical settings;
· School libraries as meeting places fostering community;
· Changing role of school libraries throughout history;
· School library architecture and school library layout refurbishment;
· School libraries as third places between classroom and home, home and public library, etc.;
· School libraries as meeting places across cultural, social, professional and ethnic boundaries;
· The interplay between school libraries and digital libraries or virtual learning environments.

School library researchers are invited to submit papers reporting their own original research that has not been published elsewhere. Authors who wish to know more about the issue theme should contact the editors to discuss possibilities.

School Libraries Worldwide also welcomes submissions of excellent research on any topic relating to school librarianship for the open portion of the journal.

Deadline for submissions of full papers: September 15, 2010.
Authors interested in contributing to this issue should contact the editors, Marcia Mardis and Nancy Everhart at

Submission guidelines are available online at:

Submissions and suggestions for the journal should be sent to:

Dr. Nancy Everhart and Dr. Marcia Mardis
Editors, School Libraries Worldwide
School of Library and Information Science
College of Communication & Information
The Florida State University
Tallahassee FL 32306-2100 USA
Fax: 1 (780) 492-7622