Monday, May 12, 2014

Call for Papers for Special Issue of Virginia Libraries on Exploring Openness

Reminder:  manuscripts for this special, peer reviewed issue are due June 1.  Details below; please don't hesitate to ask questions or send inquiries!

The Virginia Library Association (VLA) and the Virginia Chapter of the Association of College & Research Libraries (VLACRL) invite you to contribute manuscripts for a special, peer-reviewed issue of Virginia Libraries dedicated to exploring openness in libraries. 

The October/November/December (v. 4) 2014 issue of Virginia Libraries will focus on the idea of “openness” and how twenty-first century libraries can engage with and promote this idea.  Submissions should be around 3,000 words in length and may represent original research, case studies, essays, or literature reviews on topics including, but not limited to, the following:

·  Open access resources
·  Open educational resources (OERs)
·  Massive open online courses (MOOCs)
·  Open education initiatives
·  Open source software
·  Linked data
·  Institutional repositories
·  Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs)
·  Copyright
·  Instruction and information literacy efforts including open resources
·  Programming and outreach promoting open resources and discussions
·  Changing roles of information professionals in an “open” environment

Articles will be peer reviewed and accepted articles will be edited before publication.

The journal issue will be published in Fall 2014.   Full manuscript drafts will be accepted until June 1, 2014.  Authors will be notified about their submissions by July 1, 2014, and final drafts of accepted articles will be due to issue editors by August 15, 2014

Additional information about Virginia Libraries and author guidelines are available:  Virginia Libraries is an open access journal, and is indexed in Library, Information Science, & Technology Abstracts (LISTA), Library Literature & Information Science Full Text, and Library & Information Science Source. 

Manuscript submissions, questions, and other comments should be sent directly to the issue editors, VLACRL Co-Chair Rebecca K. Miller ( and VLACRL Chair Candice Benjes-Small (