Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Call for Book Chapters – Textbooks and Academic Libraries (Association for Library Collections & Technical Services a division of the American Library Association)

Call for Book Chapters – Textbooks and Academic Libraries

Proposal call: chapters for an ALCTS publication on collecting/managing textbooks in Academic Libraries 
Proposal submission deadline: April 1st, 2016
Publisher: Association of Library Collections & Technical Services
Editor: Chris Diaz, Collection Management Librarian at National Louis University

The Association of Collections & Technical Services is seeking  proposals for case studies, literature reviews, research, and essays on how academic libraries are responding to the demand for textbooks.

College textbook prices rise every year, and students are looking for affordable alternatives, such as purchasing used copies, renting copies for a limited time, or not purchasing a copy at all. Students,
faculty, and campus administrators naturally look to the library for support. Librarians are finding creative ways to help accommodate the demand for textbooks and other course materials through electronic textbook initiatives, open textbook projects, and partnerships with publishers and bookstores.

How has your library responded to this demand?

We seek proposals on strategy, assessment, implementation, communication, research, and management of library initiatives to manage textbooks, open educational resources, or other course
materials, along with changes to policy or practice.

Possible chapter topics:

* What involvement do academic libraries have – or should have – in supporting textbooks?

* What successful practices has your library implemented in regards to funding, implementing, and/or managing textbook projects?

* What opportunities or challenges are presented to academic libraries with the increasing availability of electronic textbooks and course materials?

* How might academic library collections support the delivery of electronic textbooks?

* Is your library working with campus partners, such as the book store, university press, or IT department, to deliver course materials? What’s working and what’s not?

* Have programs or courses on your campus adopted open textbooks or open educational resources? If so, what worked and what didn’t?

* What effect do electronic textbooks have on student learning outcomes, retention, and/or reading experience?

Proposals should include:

* Author name(s)
* Brief author(s) bio
* Proposed chapter title
* A summary of the proposed chapter (300-500) words

Authors of selected proposals will be notified by April 15, 2016. Full chapters are expected by August 1, 2016 (3,000-5,000 words). Chapters should be unique to this publication – no previously
published or simultaneously submitted materials.

For additional information, please contact: Chris Diaz, Collection Management Librarian at National Louis University,

Association for Library Collections & Technical Services a division of the American Library Association