Monday, January 24, 2011

Call for Chapters: Library Collection Development for Professional Programs: Trends and Best Practices

Call for Chapters: Library Collection Development for Professional Programs: Trends and Best Practices

Sara Holder, MLIS
Head Librarian
Education Library & Curriculum Resources Centre
McGill University
Montréal, Quebec

Call for Chapters:
Proposals Submission Deadline: February 28, 2011
Full Chapters Due: July 30, 2011


Collection development (also known as collection management) is the term used to describe the evaluative process used by librarians to choose the items to be included in a particular library or sub-section thereof. There are many factors and variables that a librarian must take into account in this process (e.g. budget/pricing, accessibility, audience, popularity/reliability, trends, etc.) and it can be one of the most time-consuming and difficult aspects of the job. This will be a collection of previously unpublished essays in which the authors describe approaches to collection development carried out in support of professional and/or applied academic programs (e.g., law, teacher education, medicine, business, architecture, library science etc.).

Objective of the Book

Collection development is a challenging part of a librarian's job and one that tends to be very situation-specific, making it difficult to teach it effectively (most, if not all, practical skills in this area are learned on the job). This type of publication would be extremely valuable to the profession, since it will contain practical advice and strategies as well as investigations and comparisons across geographies and disciplines. The volume would be used both by practicing librarians in a wide range of research libraries as well as by professors in Library Science programs as a course text for classes on collection development and academic librarianship.

Target Audience

The intended audience for the book would be practicing librarians in academic settings who have collection development responsibilities in one or more of the applied disciplines. The book would provide this group with practical advice from fellow practitioners as well as a comparative overview of collection development policies and practices in use at peer institutions. The book would also be of use in library science programs offering courses on collection development and academic librarianship to supplement the general text.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

Collection Development in Support of ...
Teacher Education Curriculum
Law School Curriculum
Architecture Curriculum
Engineering Curriculum
Business/Commerce/Management Curriculum
Dentistry Curriculum
Medical Curriculum
Nursing Curriculum
Pharmacy Curriculum
Social Work/Counseling Curriculum
Library Science Curriculum

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before February 28, 2011, a 2-3 page document clearly outlining the content of his or her proposed. The document should summarize the proposed contents of the chapter and provide a draft outline of major points to be included.

Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by March 28, 2011 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by July 30, 2011. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Chapters should be unique to this publication - no previously published or simultaneously submitted material should be included. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global, Hershey, PA and New York, NY, and publisher of the ongoing series Advances in Library Information Studies, as well as numerous other imprints. For additional information concerning the publisher, please visit . This title is scheduled to be released in 2012.

Important Dates


February 28: Deadline for proposals
March 28: Notification of proposal status
July 30: Full chapter submission
October 30: Review results returned
November 15: Final chapter submission


January 3: Final deadline

Editorial Advisory Board Members

Mary K. Chelton, Queens College/CUNY, USA
Nancy Mactague, Research and Electronic Resources Librarian Aurora University, USA
Paul Glassman, Felician College, USA
Brian Coutts, Western Kentucky University, USA
Kathryn Bartelt, University of Evansville, USA
Sue Polanka, Wright State University Libraries, USA
Eloise Hitchcock, Cumberland University, USA
Robert T. Ivey, University of Memphis Libraries, USA
Margaret Heilbrun, Library Journal, USA

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) or by mail to:
Sara Holder
McGill University Education Library
3700 McTavish Street
Montréal, QC H3A 1Y2
Phone: 514-398-4687
Fax: 514-398-2165