Thursday, March 10, 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: March 25, 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a collection of previously unpublished essays in which the authors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


March 25: Deadline for proposals
April 15: Notification of proposal status
July 30: Full chapter submission
October 30: Review results returned
November 15: Final chapter submission

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