Friday, May 22, 2020

Call for Chapters: Challenges Faced by Libraries During a Global Health Crisis: Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Barbara J Holland
Brooklyn Public Libraries, USA

Call for Chapters
Proposals Submission Deadline: August 17, 2020
Full Chapters Due: September 16, 2020

Pneumonia of unknown cause detected in Wuhan, China was first reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) Country Office in China on 31 December 2019. The initial cases of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)–infected pneumonia (NCIP) occurred in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, in December 2019 and January 2020. Data were analyzed on the first 425 confirmed cases in Wuhan to determine the epidemiologic characteristics of NCIP.

The novel β-coronavirus (2019-nCoV) caused severe and even fatal pneumonia that was discovered in a seafood market of Wuhan city, of Hubei province, China, and rapidly spread to other provinces of China and other countries. The 2019-nCoV was different from SARS-CoV but shared the same host receptor as the human angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2). The natural host of 2019-nCoV may be the bat Rhinolophus affinis as 2019-nCoV showed 96.2% of whole-genome identity to BatCoV RaTG13. The person-to-person transmission routes of 2019-nCoV included direct transmissions, such as cough, sneeze, droplet inhalation transmission, and contact transmission, such as contact with oral, nasal, and eye mucous membranes. 2019-nCoV can also be transmitted through the saliva, and the fetal–oral routes may also be potential for the person-to-person transmission route.

Since the spread of coronavirus travel has been put to a halt and countries are on lockdown. Conferences have been canceled schools have closed and Libraries around the world are facing difficult decisions on which services to offer and how ranging from minimal restrictions to full closure. Depending on the country, state or city, a government may have a different approach, sometimes ordering the closure of all institutions, others indicating that its business as usual, and others simply leaving decisions up to library directors. Public library systems have been closed as well as school libraries in 188 countries due to the closure of all educational institutions. University libraries are also closed. The National Libraries have closed in over 100 countries. Throughout these closures, libraries continue to provide services to their communities during these challenging times. This book will consist of chapters that contain essential library services, emerging research and technology that evolved and/or has continued during the COVID -19 Pandemic

The purpose of this book is to provide the audience with an in-depth account of various libraries, librarians, and information professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic This book will also provide relevant theoretical frameworks and the latest empirical research findings on the subject. It will be written for professionals who want to improve their understanding of the impact COVID-19 pandemic had on cultural institutions such as libraries...

Target Audience
Librarians, Professors, Researchers, Students, Historians, Archivist, and Professionals interested in the impact of COVID-19 and libraries

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Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before July 4, 2020 , a book chapter proposal on studies that speak to the premise of the book. Each proposal shall comprise of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the hypotheses made and results obtained. Authors will be notified by July 7, 2020 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by September 16, 2020 and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this publication,Challenges Faced by Libraries Dyuring a Global Health Crisis: Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process. All proposals and chapters must be submitted through the eEditorial Discovery®TM online submission manager.

This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference," "Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2021.

Important Dates
1st proposal submission deadline Jul 4, 2020
2nd proposal submission deadline Aug 3, 2020
Last Call for Proposals (if needed) Aug 17, 2020
Full chapter submission Sep 16, 2020

Phase 2
Review results due to editor Oct 16, 2020
Review results due to authors Oct 30, 2020

Phase 3
Revisions due from authors Nov 27, 2020
Final acceptance/rejection notification due to authors Dec 11, 2020
All final accepted materials due from authors Dec 25, 2020

Editor contact information
Barbara Holland