Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Call for Chapters - Applying Library Values to Emerging Technology: Tips and Techniques for Advancing within Your Mission (ACRL Book)

We’re excited to invite you to submit chapter proposals for our forthcoming ACRL book, Applying Library Values to Emerging Technology: Tips and Techniques for Advancing within Your Mission

The Book
As emerging technologies become easier to use, public service information professionals of all kinds are increasingly tasked with making decisions regarding which technologies to use, promote, and provide support for. These technology-mediated exchanges can play an important role in how information, and the library, is perceived and used.

This book will share perspectives on how to interpret and apply the ALA's Core Values of Librarianship in the context of emerging technologies as well highlight case studies of organizations and applications that exemplify relevant library values. It will be grounded in theory, but be made applicable to a variety of libraries by situating discussions within a framework for decision-making.

Authors will retain copyright of their work, and after one year the entire book will be made available open access.
The book will be organized into chapters corresponding with the values identified in the ALA's Core Values of Librarianship, but individual chapters do not need to tie directly to any particular interpretation of those values (see “Chapter Details”). Authors should consider library values in the context of emerging technology, and what the implications are for making decisions about library practice. 

The editors are interested in considering a wide variety of perspectives and forms of submissions in order to be relevant to a broad audience

Each section will include both:
    Practical case studies of how to effectively use a particular technology in a library setting
    Theoretical models for understanding and interpreting the relevant library value (or values) in context of a relevant technology
Most submissions should include at least some elements of theory and practice, but can focus on any aspect. We will also consider submissions featuring just one element (an important theoretical consideration that could impact other works, or a particularly impactful case study). 

Priority will be given to producing the best possible final work that is meaningful to a wide audience rather than necessarily “original research,” so authors may reuse portions of previous works when copyright allows. If doing so, authors are expected to revise their work and provide at minimum an introduction and conclusion that fit with the theme of this volume. 

Chapter DetailsFor a more context and suggested topics for each chapter visit this document:https://goo.gl/slsCNV 
Potential Sections Include:

·         Confidentiality/Privacy & Intellectual Freedom
·         Access/Democracy
·         The Public Good/Social Responsibility & Education and Lifelong Learning
·         Preservation
·         Diversity
·         Service
·         Professionalism

Examples of topics include:
    Libraries providing access to encryption technology
    Libraries providing training/access to technology that enables expression
    Libraries relationship to modern efforts to censor (e.g. NSA; Patriot Act; China’s firewall)
    Technology that supports Open Access
    The #ICANHAZPDF phenomenon, and technology surrounding interlibrary loan
    Licensing/copyright agreements and library values
    Preventing link-rot and related issues with archiving websites
    Issues surrounding private/public communications online (e.g. preserving e-mails, Facebook posts and other semi-public digital objects stored on private servers)
    How library interfaces impact diversity
    How library values such as professionalism and service can be embodied in technology decisions
Don’t see your topic/idea here? We encourage you to contact the editors at valuesandtechnologyacrl@gmail.com to discuss how your idea may fit within this book’s scope.

Proposal Guidelines and Submission Instructions
A short form with an attached Word document (.doc or .docx) is required for proposal submission. The Word document should be written in Times New Roman, 12 pt., be double-spaced, and include:
    A working title
    Names of all contributing authors & their respective institutions
    Contact information for the primary author
    Estimated final word count
    A brief (250-500 word) description of your proposed chapter
    Please identify any relevant library values and technologies, and if your chapter will include any explicit recommendations for decision making
Attach your chapter submission proposal to an email with the subject line: Chapter Proposal Submission_(PrimaryAuthor’sLastName)
And send to: valuesandtechnologyacrl@gmail.com

Our information
Peter Fernandez, Interim Head, LRE Liaison Programs University of Tennessee Libraries
Kelly Tilton, Information Literacy Instruction Librarian at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Important Dates
Proposals are due October 10th, 2016
       Contributors will be notified of their status (acceptance or rejection) by October 31, 2016
       Deadline to submit the first draft of accepted chapters for revision: February 1, 2017
       Submission of edited volume to publisher: May 31, 2017

Peter Fernandez
Interim Head, LRE Liaison Programs
University of Tennessee Libraries