Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Call for Chapters: Disciplinary Applications of Information Literacy Threshold Concepts (ACRL Publication)

Call for Book Chapter Proposals
Title: Disciplinary Applications of Information Literacy Threshold Concepts
Proposal Submission Deadline: March 29, 2016
Publisher: Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)


The editors of the forthcoming ACRL book Disciplinary Applications of Information Literacy Threshold Concepts welcome chapter proposals. Chapters will describe contributors’ experiences with negotiating information literacy threshold concepts and provide suggestions for addressing a threshold concept within a specific discipline.

It is not a requirement that authors have extensive experience with threshold concepts, but authors must be willing to engage in meaningful reflection about how an information literacy threshold concept can impact their work as librarians. We welcome chapters from reflective and forward-thinking librarians.

Chapter Content

Chapters will consist of structured descriptions of authors’ experiences with applying information literacy threshold concepts within a specific disciplinary context. Chapters will be grouped according to the threshold concepts identified in the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. We welcome variations on these threshold concepts as well as chapters on alternate or emerging information literacy threshold concepts.

Each chapter should include:
  • An explanation and theoretical exploration of an information literacy threshold concept as applied within a specific discipline
  • Personal reflection on the author’s experience with understanding this threshold concept and/or working with others (e.g., students, instructors, community members, or other patrons) around this threshold concept
  • Suggestions for librarians regarding implementing and assessing the use of the threshold concept within a specific discipline

Contributions are encouraged related to:
  • designing meaningful instruction through the lens of information literacy threshold concepts
  • integrating threshold concepts in other contexts such as:
    • reference and research support
    • outreach and marketing
    • collection and service development
    • negotiations with instructors
    • interactions with accreditation groups
    • work with library colleagues

Tone and style: This book is designed for academic librarians who want to increase their understanding of threshold concepts and acquire practical suggestions about how information literacy threshold concepts can be introduced, negotiated, and assessed in the context of various disciplines. The style will be academic, but with an approachable, readable tone. Each chapter should be able to be read individually for librarians interested in a particular discipline.

Final chapters will be 4,000-5,000 words in length.

Submission Procedure

Authors should send the following as a Word attachment to on or before March 29, 2016. Authors of accepted chapters will be notified by April 12, 2016. First drafts of chapters will be due June 17, 2016, with final chapters due by the end of September 2016.

Proposals (Word document) should include:
  1. A working chapter title
  2. An abstract of 200-300 words, including the threshold concept and discipline that will be the main focus of the chapter. Be sure to address the three required components of each chapter listed above.
  3. Names, titles, institutions and contact information for all contributors (please identify a main contributor).
  4. A statement of contributor(s) qualifications to write the chapter on proposed topic, including a brief biographical sketch of contributor(s).
  5. A short writing sample (1-2 pages). This could be a segment of a recent manuscript, newsletter article, blog post, or other written work that represents your writing style.

Send inquiries and submissions to:


Samantha Godbey, Education Librarian
Sue Wainscott, STEM Librarian
Xan Goodman, Health and Life Sciences Librarian
University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries