Wednesday, August 15, 2012

CFP: ALA Editions book on Tablet Computers in School Libraries and Classrooms

CFP: ALA Editions book  on Tablet Computers in School Libraries and Classrooms.

Project description:
The use of tablet computers such as the iPad, Samsung Galaxy, Motorola Xoom, as well as reader tablets such as the Kindle Fire and Nook Reader Tablet have become a very important topic in the field of school librarianship. At conferences such as ALA and AASL, discussions about the use of these devices in school libraries, classrooms, and instruction has reached a significant level. Webinars offered through these same professional groups garner high attendance and participants demonstrate a strong desire to learn how to use these tools to enhance student learning, professional development, and service. Social media tools, like Twitter, have released an outpouring of conversations as well on how tablets can be used in the library and classroom. There are many amazing tablet projects occurring in the field of school librarianship and they need to be shared with a larger audience. This has already begun in library based periodicals like Library Media Connection and Knowledge Quest. An edited book on practical strategies, ideas, applications, and lesson plans would further meet that need. This project will result in such an edited book of contributed chapters and lesson plans.  

We intend to accept 8 chapters and 8 lesson plans focused on the various uses and practices of tablets and iPads in school libraries and classrooms.  Chapters might include topics focused on instruction, collaboration, professional development, use of tablets within or outside of the school building, training,  how librarians are learning about this technology, and more. Lesson plans should be activein learning, user friendly, and allow for multiple grade level integration. A lesson plan template will be provided upon lesson plan acceptance.

In order to submit a proposal please send a one to two paragraph proposal  summary of your chapter or lesson plan idea.  Please send a current resume highlighting any publishing experience that you may have (publication experience holds no bearing on whether your chapter will be accepted).  All proposals and resumes need to be submitted by September 15, 2012. We will notify authors of the editors' decision by November 1, 2012.  Send proposals to Identify in email subject heading whether submission is for a chapter or lesson plan proposal.

Anticipated timeline:
September 15, 2012:  Chapter and lesson plan proposals due
November 1, 2012:  Authors notified of decisions
February 1, 2013:  Full chapters due to editors
Feb/March  2013:  Editors review chapters and recommend revisions
March 15, 2013:  Comments and recommended revisions sent to contributing authors by this date
April  15, 2013:  Revised chapters due back to editors
May 2013:  Editors continue to work on chapter revisions, communicating with authors on their contributed chapters
June 2013:  Final chapter manuscripts are due back to editors for assembling and double checking style and content
June 15, 2013:  Editors submit final manuscript to ALA Editions for publication scheduled in 2014

Read more about the book on the project website:!

Rebecca K. Miller
Information Literacy Coordinator
College Librarian for Science, Life Sciences, and Engineering
University Libraries, Virginia Tech