Monday, January 13, 2014

Call for Chapter Proposals for Virtual Reference in Modern Libraries: Innovative Methods for User Interaction.

Call for Chapter Proposals for Virtual Reference in Modern Libraries: Innovative Methods for User Interaction.


For release in the Advances in Library and Information Science (ALIS) Book Series. The ALIS Book Series aims to expand the body of library science literature by covering a wide range of topics affecting the profession and field at large. The series also seeks to provide readers with an essential resource for uncovering the latest research in library and information science management, development, and technologies.

With budget cuts and doubts about the necessity of the roles librarians play, it may seem as if we haven't any time to explore new ways to interact with our users.  In fact, the opposite is true.  Many librarians are taking their limitations and turning them into innovations.  This surge in creativity needs to be shared across the profession so that other libraries and librarians can benefit.


This book will explore innovative methods for reaching and interacting with users, especially in terms of virtual reference.  The chapters in this book will focus on various types of virtual reference that libraries have adopted in recent years.  It will also look at ways librarians are virtually interacting with their users and be written for librarians who want to learn techniques that can be applied at their own libraries and enhance their own users' experiences.

Target Audience

The target audience of this book will be composed of professionals and researchers working in the field of information and knowledge management in various aspects of librarianship, e.g., reference, public services, instruction, and technology. Moreover, the book will provide insights and support to librarians who wish to develop these skills in their own careers.

Recommended Topics

  • Virtual Reference Programs
  • Social Media
  • SMS Reference
  • Chat Reference
  • Virtual Information Needs
  • Email Reference
  • Reference Interactions via Mobile Device

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before January 30, 2014 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 February 15, 2014 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by May 30, 2014. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

For more information on the project, you can visit this link:

Propose a Chapter for this book here:


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 2015.

Important Dates

January 30, 2014:
Proposal Submission Deadline
February 15, 2014:
Notification of Acceptance
May 30, 2014:
Full chapter Submission
July 30, 2014:
Review Results to Authors
August 30, 2014:
Revised Chapter Submission
October 15, 2014:
Submission of Final Chapters


Sonnet Ireland
Head of Federal Documents, Microforms, and Analog Media
Earl K. Long Library
University of New Orleans