Monday, November 15, 2010

CFP: Next Generation Learning Landscapes, Next Generation Learners (Special issue call for papers from Reference Services Review)

CFP: Next Generation Learning Landscapes, Next Generation Learners (Special issue call for papers from Reference Services Review)

Reference Services Review (RSR) is seeking authors to write on the theme of learning landscapes and the new reality. The theme issue - - Volume 39 Number 3, will be published in August 2011. Completed manuscripts will be due by April 1, 2011. Manuscripts are evaluated using a double-blind peer review process. Authors can expect to work on major and/or minor revisions in late April and early May 2011.

The journal is pre-published through Emerald EarlyCite

and issues are made available before the official publication date. More details about the journal, including author guidelines are at:

Learning Landscapes encompass the physical and virtual spaces where today’s library users encounter information and learn to use it effectively.

Papers might focus on
· The interplay of physical and virtual learning landscapes and what this means for teaching, reference, collaboration, and management – new learners, new faculty, and new roles;
· The impact of library/information commons’ spaces on learning, service design and delivery, collections, and library administration – planning, implementation, assessment, re-examination and evolution;
· Research on user expectations, needs and perceptions as next generation users interact with next generation information environments – what do library staff need to know to meet their needs? and
· Other aspects of learning, working and researching at the intersection of place and placelessness where libraries exist in the digital age.

Send expressions of interest, proposals, abstracts or inquiries to:

Margy MacMillan:
Sarah Barbara Watstein:

Reference Services Review (RSR) is a quarterly, refereed, international journal dedicated to the enrichment of reference knowledge and the advancement of reference and library user services.

RSR covers all aspects of reference and library user services, including reference, instruction, and user service design, delivery, management and assessment; marketing and communication; user populations; electronic services; virtual reference services; cooperative reference services; existing and emerging technologies and their intersection with service design and delivery; service forecasting; standards, guidelines and best practices; performance of reference and user services providers; and professional competencies for reference and user services librarians.

RSR prepares its readers to understand key trends and to respond to critical challenges affecting reference functions, instructional services and the information needs of library users. RSR contributors draw on current research and practice; their own considerable expertise, experience and perspectives; and the expertise of their home communities to identify issues, practices and technologies that are relevant to service design, delivery, management and assessment.

RSR articles include research papers, technical papers, conceptual papers, case studies, literature reviews, and reviews of previously published research on a wide number of topics. Commentary, including point/counterpoint articles, is also welcome. Mini theme and theme issues support the more detailed exploration of topics. A diverse mix of authors and contributors enhance the journal’s value, as does an international team of editorial advisors.