Thursday, January 14, 2016

Call for Chapters: Creative Approaches to Instructional Design in Libraries: Moving from Theory to Practical Application

We’re excited to invite you to submit chapter proposals for our forthcoming ACRL book, *Creative Approaches to Instructional Design in Libraries: Moving from Theory to Practical Application*.

*Focus of the Book*:

Libraries increasingly emphasize innovative services that connect patrons to information. Given these changes, instructional design (ID) is becoming an important concept in librarians’ day-to-day activities. Unique, library-specific challenges call for creative ideas that are grounded in solid research and theory. Applying the theory to your institution or
circumstance is often challenging. This book will attempt to break down librarians’ preconceptions of what ID is and inspire them to implement ID in creative ways.

There are many variations in how different sectors understand and apply the concept of instructional design. *For purposes of this book*, we define it as intentional, sound instructional or programmatic creation, delivery, and assessment that takes into account the audience, course/program context, and shared learning goals.

*Book Structure*:

This book will have three main sections – *Information Literacy Instruction, Programming and Outreach, *and *Online Initiatives*.

We welcome chapters that focus on practical and creative approaches to ID implementation. What problem were you trying to solve? What ideas did you generate to solve that problem? Who was involved? What was the result? How can the ideas be adapted beyond your library situation?

Supporting ID theory and models can supplement your ideas, but should not be the focus of your proposed chapter.

Proposals will be considered in any of the following categories within one of the three main sections (Information Literacy Instruction, Programming and Outreach, and Online Initiatives):

Suggested subtopics include:

   -     Intentional planning using ID principles (e.g., lesson planning, designing targeted programs, moving from face-to-face to online instruction)
   -     Collaboration with faculty, staff, and other on-campus support services
   -     Assessment planning using ID principles
   -     Obstacles and creative solutions to ID issues

*Don’t see your topic here?* Contact the editors at to discuss how your idea may fit within this book’s scope.

*Proposal Guidelines*:

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
   -     A paragraph describing the proposed chapter
   -     One final sentence that explains how your idea can be adapted beyond your library setting

*Proposals are due by Friday, February 5, 2016*, and can be submitted to

   -     Contributors will be notified of their status (acceptance or rejection) by February 23, 2016
   -     Deadline to submit the first draft of accepted chapters: April 1, 2016
   -     Estimated length of chapter: 2,500–4000 words
   -     Projected publication date: September 2016

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Thank you,

Brandon West (Social Sciences Librarian, SUNY Geneseo)
Kim Davies Hoffman (Head of Outreach, Learning and Research Services,
University of Rochester)
Michelle Costello (Head of Instructional Services, SUNY Geneseo)