Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Call for Chapter Proposals: The Machiavellian Librarian: Winning allies, combating budget cuts, and influencing stakeholders

Call for Chapter Proposals:  The Machiavellian Librarian: Winning allies, combating budget cuts, and influencing stakeholders

Why is it that librarians never end up in the ‘influence’ grid on personality assessment tests? Is it any wonder that pop culture tends to think of librarians as wallflowers who don’t rock the boat or fight for their libraries?

Chandos Publishing has accepted our proposal for a book about librarians’ influence-building strategies and political wins in universities and organizations.  We would like to include your experiences as influencers, and how you have helped turn the tide in your favor. We are looking for 1,000-5,000 words sections about real life examples of librarians like you, who used their knowledge and skills to help drive influence in your institution.

Authors offer firsthand and clear examples to help librarians learn to use their influence for the betterment of their library’s and careers. Please send a 200 word or less abstract to Include your full name, title and institution. We will let you know if your submission is selected. Please send these no later than 2/1/2013. If you have any questions please contact us at

We would like proposals from potential authors for the following chapters:
1. Influence without Authority - Winning fierce allies
2. Visualizing Data for persuasive impact
3. Networking in (Academic, Government, Organizations)
4. Capturing the value of online/digital holdings
5. Capturing the value of online/digital help services
6. Strategic alignment
7. Combating the budget
8. Communicating results in accessible language (translating value propositions from ‘librarian-ese’)
9. User-Centered Planning
10. Using Accreditation and Regulation Reporting to Better Position the Library
11. Political Positioning –traits & behaviors to adopt and avoid
12. Outcome Assessment
13. Succeeding against the odds
14. Rallying the troops
15. Dealing with the Prince and other Stakeholders
16. Discourses on the Library: Creating the best
17. [Other similar themes]

We would like proposals by February 1, 2013.  Final accepted chapters will be due to us by April 1, 2013.  The publication date is currently set for Summer 2013.  Chapters must be unique to this book.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Melissa and Erika

Melissa Aho MA, MLIS, MS               Erika Bennett MLIS, MS
University of Minnesota                      Capella University