Sunday, November 21, 2010

Succession Planning and Implementation in Libraries: Practices and Resources Call for Chapters

Succession Planning and Implementation in Libraries: Practices and Resources Call for Chapters

Kiyomi D. Deards, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Gene R. Springs, Rutgers University

Call for Chapters:
Proposals Submission Deadline: December 3, 2010
Full Chapters Due: March 31, 2011

Succession planning concerns methods of transitioning from the out-going employee to their replacement. In most cases, succession planning is used in the context of replacing the leader of an organization. The majority of the existing literature focuses on the preparation and promotion of internal candidates, and how to choose a replacement. This publication will expand the literature by focusing on the importance of the development of library culture, policies, and documentation as integral parts of succession planning.

Objective of the Book
As leaders in the library community change jobs or retire, the need for thoughtful development of library culture, policies, and documentation are necessary to develop effective leaders and ensure smooth transitions of power. This publication will add to the existing literature by addressing key components of succession planning providing a thoughtful overview of methods to ensure successful changes in leadership. The unique characteristics of this book are its focus on creation of policy, documentation, and the development of professional library culture.

Target Audience
The prospective audience for this book will be: college, university and research libraries, library and information science faculty concerned with management issues, human resources officers, personal officers, organizational officers, administrators, librarians, library and information science students, and others interested in library leadership issues.
Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

Succession Planning: The Importance
Strategic Planning
Communities of Practice
Protecting Professionalism
Advancement and Retention
International Librarianship
The Future

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before December 3, 2010, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by December 20, 2010 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by March 15, 2011. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

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 This publication is anticipated to be released in 2012.

Important Dates
December 3, 2010: Proposal Submission Deadline
December 20, 2010: Notification of Acceptance
March 15, 2011: Full Chapter Submission
June 10, 2011: Review Results Returned
July 20, 2011: Final Chapter Submission
August 7, 2011: Final Deadline

Editorial Advisory Board Members
Jon Cawthorne, San Diego State University, USA
Joan Giesecke, University of Nebraska Lincoln, USA
Beth McNeil, Purdue University, USA
Maureen Sullivan, Maureen Sullivan Associates, USA

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document)
Kiyomi D. Deards
University of Nebraska Lincoln
N219 Love Library, PO Box 884100, Lincoln NE 68588-4100
Tel.: 402-472-2554 • Fax: 402-472-5181