Sunday, March 29, 2020

CFP: Libraries, Data, and Privacy: A Special Issue of The Serials Librarian

Proposals are currently being accepted for a special issue of The Serials Librarian ( focused on the complex interrelationship between libraries, data, and privacy. We understand that our entire community and the users we serve are facing indeterminacy and disruption in light of COVID-19. If you are interested in participating in this special issue, but would like additional time or other considerations, please do not hesitate to let us know. We will do our best to accommodate.
This issue, guest edited by Heather Staines and Doreen Bradley, will feature new scholarship about the following topic areas:

 Current Issues/Trends
  • Learning Analytics
  • General Data Security
  • Threats to Data Security (i.e. Scihub and Ransomware)
  • New Privacy Laws and their Impact on Campus
Faculty and Researcher Data 
  • Ethical Data Management
  • Research and Identifiable Data
  • Access Barriers
Library Perspectives
  • Faculty, Staff, and Student Data
  • Determining Library Responsibility
  • Convenience vs. Privacy
  • Privacy Education
  • License Negotiations and Patron Privacy
  • Privacy and Library Assessment
Vendor and Publisher Perspectives
  • Data as Commodity
  • Data Portability and Privacy
  • Big data, AI, and Content Discovery
Future Challenges/Possibilities
  • New Tracking Technologies
  • Facial Recognition
  • Biometrics

This special issue will include the following content types:
  • Research paper (a well-documented description of original research or analysis. Research papers typically have lit reviews, outline a problem statement or methodology, and cite many other sources)
  • Case study (a description and reflection of a project, experiment, or process that one has first-hand experience with. Case studies can be scholarly, but do not need as much rigorous source mapping as a research paper)
  • Column (a thoughtful response to, or analysis of, a privacy-related topic. Columns can represent the author's own views and do not need a lit review or an abundance of cited sources)
  • Interview (a written Q&A exchange between an interviewer and one or more practitioners with relevant roles/experiences)

To submit a proposal, please complete this form ( by April 20, 2020. Proposal acceptances will be sent in May and full papers will be due by July 1, 2020. Submissions will undergo double-blind peer review.

To apply to be a peer reviewer for this special, please complete this form ( by May 1, 2020. 
Please email with any questions or concerns. Thank you very much!

Courtney McAllister
Associate Editor, The Serials Librarian