Monday, June 29, 2020

CFP: Library Diversity and Residency Studies (LDRS) - Open Access Journal #OA

We are pleased to announce a call for papers for the next issue of Library Diversity and Residency Studies (LDRS), an open access, peer-reviewed journal founded and published by a team of librarians and LIS faculty members. LDRS publishes articles that are engaged in the social justice project of increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the library profession and in LIS curricula. 

Journal URL:

Author Guidelines:

Link to submit papers:

Deadline for submissions to the next issue is:  September 15, 2020

LDRS is committed to providing a platform for the publication of work that might otherwise be marginalized from dominant discourses. We welcome work from established authors in the field, and also encourage submissions from new authors. We will prioritize submissions from minoritized voices, including submissions that represent diverse perspectives.  We are committed to working with authors during the submission and review process. 

We publish high quality, peer-reviewed articles in a range of formats, with a focus on DEI issues and residency programs. While we are open to suggestions for new article types and formats, We expect proposals to include unique and substantial new content from the author and are open to suggestions for new article types and formats. Examples of material we would publish include:

  • articles about particular DEI programs in libraries, with an objective assessment of strengths and weaknesses, the specific impacts of these programs, and strategies by which these programs could be replicated elsewhere;

  • rigorous and original research that includes discussion of implications and an argument for action that makes a unique, significant contribution to the professional literature;

  • articles arguing for a particular approach, strategy or development in librarianship, with practical examples of how it might be achieved;

  • transformative works with additional explanatory or interpretive content. For example, a transcription of an interview or panel discussion, with a substantial introduction explaining the importance of the subject to librarianship and a discussion; and

  • best practices to aid in the retention of librarians from minoritized populations.

Open Access Policy

LDRS is an open access publication. We believe making works that engage with DEI topics freely accessible will support a greater exchange of knowledge and provide the best possibility for change. There are no Article Processing Charges or any other charges associated with publishing in LDRS.

Works are released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Attribution-NonCommercial license (, which provides unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Copyright remains with the authors of articles published in LDRS, with the journal retaining a permanent right to display articles in final accepted form. For further details, refer to the LDRS author guidelines (

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

CFP: Special themed issue : Library Marketing during COVID-19 - Marketing Libraries Journal (MLJ)

Call for Papers: Marketing Libraries Journal (MLJ)

Special themed issue : Library Marketing during COVID-19

Volume 5, Issue 1 (Spring 2021)

Deadline for Submissions: rolling deadline (for practical and scholarly submissions)

Scholarly Submissions

Practical (Column) Submissions


Aim and Scope

COVID-19 has greatly impacted how we promote, communicate, and deliver library services. Marketing Libraries Journal is seeking articles that address how we are responding to this pandemic through our marketing, outreach, and communications activities. 

Article submissions may include the following topics:

  • How your library is handling crisis communication during this pandemic?
  • How are you communicating and engaging with your audience(s) online? 
  • How have you shifted your Social Media planning and activities? 
  • What online tools are you using to conduct marketing, outreach, and communication activities ? 
  • Examples of virtual outreach activities that worked (and did not).
  • Examples of assessment of marketing activities in a virtual environment.
  • Internal marketing: how are you communicating with your staff?

About the Journal

Marketing Libraries Journal (MLJ) is a peer-reviewed, independently published, open-access scholarly journal that focuses on innovative marketing activities that libraries are engaged in.  Our aim is to publish research and practical examples of library marketing campaigns, library marketing research, public relations campaigns, SWOT analysis, segmentation research, assessment of marketing activities, and tools used for marketing activities.  In addition to peer reviewed articles, the Journal also contains practical articles from different columns. Columnists will be accepting shorter articles on advocacy, branding, library marketing campaigns, "from the trenches", and technology tools. 

Guidelines for Submissions
The editorial board seeks submissions in the following two categories:

1. Articles (double-blind peer reviewed) (20-25 pages): research-driven articles that aim to provide original scholarship in the field of library marketing, communications, and outreach.

2. Practical Articles  (peer reviewed) (15-20 pages) : articles from different columns (advocacy, branding, "from the trenches", campaigns, and technology tools). Practical articles are reflective and provide best practices, however they are written in an academic tone and should include a literature review (3rd person).

Manuscript Format

• Manuscript style should follow the conventions of the American Psychological Association (7th Edition) 
• Submissions should be 12 point font, Times New Roman, and double-spaced with 1 inch margins on all sides
• Page number and running head should be placed in the upper right-hand corner of each page
• The title page should be submitted as a separate document and include each author's name, affiliation, and e-mail address
• Submitted manuscripts should begin with a 100-word abstract, with a list of 5 keywords, numbered as page 1
• One submission per author per call
• Allow 3 months for manuscript status notification

Submission Process

Scholarly Submissions

Practical (ColumnSubmissions

Please ensure that your manuscript has not been previously published and is not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. 
Review of manuscripts will begin after the call for papers deadline.  When a manuscript has been  accepted for publication, authors will be required to submit a complete electronic copy of the final version.

Editorship and Ethics

We reserve the right to make editorial changes for style, clarity, and consistency. To ensure ethical practices, all reviewers, editors,  and authors must contact the Journal if there may be any conflict of interest.  For more information, please contact the editor at


Open Access

The Journal is open access "gold" and "green". There are no author processing fees. Authors are never charged any article submission or processing fees. Both readers and authors can access articles for free. Authors can self-archive their articles at the time of publication. Authors can also self-archive in digital repositories or on their own personal web sites at publication. Please ensure to indicate the URL of the journal when self-archiving.  Authors retain copyright and full publishing rights. Articles are published under a CC-BY-NC-SA Creative Commons license.


Indexing and Discoverability


Marketing Libraries Journal is indexed in the International ISSN database, World Cat, Ulrich's Serials Directory, Google scholar, SHERPA/RoMEO, and the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).


ISSN: 2475-8116

CFP: Entrepreneurship and Libraries Conference - Online November 12-13, 2020

Call for proposals: Entrelib 2020 - Revised

Entrepreneurship and Libraries Conference 2020 explores how libraries and librarians support entrepreneurship in their communities and campuses. Now happening virtually Nov. 12-13, 2020, Entrelib is open to the academic, public, and special library community, as well as our entrepreneurial ecosystem partners. 

The co-chairs invite proposals on the conference themes and session formats below.

The selection team will give priority to submissions that are of interest and value to multiple types of information professionals (public, special, academic, etc.).

  • Community Engagement, Economic Development, & Outreach

  • Instruction & Programming

  • Resources & Spaces 

  • Entrepreneurship “Outside the Box”

Session formats have been revised to adapt to the online platform. Sessions will be grouped into hour-long blocks by theme. 

  • Short presentation (15 minutes)

  • Long presentation (25 minutes)

To submit a proposal and learn more about the conference, please visit

Proposal submission deadline: August 1, 2020

Those who have already submitted do not need to resubmit. Successful proposals will be notified by the end of September 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact Concurrent Programming committee co-chairs Gillian Robbins ( or Carey Toane ( 

Monday, June 22, 2020

CFP: ACRL/NY 2020 Annual Symposium Civic Engagement: Democracy and the Library (Online - December 4th, 2020)

Call for Proposals: ACRL/NY 2020 Annual Symposium Civic Engagement: Democracy and the Library

December 4, 2020 

Virtual Symposium

Abstracts of presentations can be submitted here: 

For this year's ACRL/NY Symposium, we are seeking proposals for presentations and panels in the following areas:

- How do libraries and research institutions engage in civics, governance, and democracy?

- How do civic issues impact collections and services? 

- How do libraries foster engagement with civic issues and the democratic process throughout the community? 

- How do ideas of “library neutrality” affect how we engage with these issues? 

We welcome proposals from all levels of library staff. 

Potential perspectives include but are not limited to:

Diverse voices: participation of diverse groups in decision making and programming

Ethical Leadership: explorations of institutional authority and power dynamics, formal and informal practices of good governance and resistance

Public Services, Outreach, and Instruction: library programming, creative partnerships in and outside the institution, information literacy

Acquisitions/Collection Development: new and interesting collections meant to encourage civic discussion and activism, purchasing issues, resources sharing

Technical Services and Access:  authority control and the algorithmic impact of information retrieval, scholarly communications, artificial intelligence

Format: The ACRL/NY 2020 Symposium will be held completely virtually. 

We are seeking proposals to fill 60 Minute (50 minute presentation; 10 minute Q&A) and 30 Minute (20 minute presentation; 10 minute Q&A) slots. 

We are open to a mixture of presentation types and formats. 

Proposals should be 250-500 words in length, submitted by June 26th ­­­.

Abstracts of presentations can be submitted using this form: 

Questions regarding submitting or about the Symposium in general can be sent to

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

CFP: Partnership Journal Special Issue: Think Twice: A Call to Reconsider Library and Information Science Theory and Practice @PartnershipJ

Call for Submissions: Partnership Journal Special Issue: Think Twice: A Call to Reconsider Library and Information Science Theory and Practice

We invite you to submit to our special theme Think Twice: A Call to Reconsider Library and Information Science Theory and Practice for peer-reviewed sections. Peer-reviewed submissions should be submitted to the appropriate section in accordance with the journal's section policies.

Or, consider submitting to our non-peer-reviewed features section on Libraries and the Pandemic. Your submission could be on your library’s experience during the pandemic or the post-pandemic future of libraries.

Deadline for peer-reviewed sections: November 1, 2020
Deadline for non-peer-reviewed sections: December 15, 2020

PARTNERSHIP is the journal of “Partnership”, Canada's national network of provincial and territorial library associations. Partnership promotes the exchange of ideas about libraries, librarianship, and information science among practitioners across all library sectors. We are a Canadian, open access journal publishing double-blind peer-reviewed research and editorially-reviewed articles and opinion pieces.

Questions can be directed to Dr. Norene Erickson, Editor-in-Chief.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

8th Annual Dean Hopper Conference - Drew University (Madison, New Jersey), November 7th 2020

Call for Papers: 8th Annual Dean Hopper Conference

Drew University, November 7th 2020

Democratizing Knowledge: Examining Archives in the Post-custodial Era 

To acknowledge the archive as a construct is to understand that power, as Michel-Rolph Trouillot has argued, “is constitutive of the story.” Yet, for too long historians have operated as if the archive were a foregone conclusion, ignoring the ways in which history is a narrative shaped as profoundly by omission as by any material presence. The archiving of history rarely proceeds from the primary impact of events. Archives, rather, follow as a consequence of the “winning” of history, through processes which obscure the underlying social relations, preferencing one history over another. “Effective silencing,” Trouillot suggests, “does not require a conspiracy, nor even a political consensus. Its roots are structural.” 


Trouillot is but one of a number of contemporary theorists, including Foucault and Derrida, who’ve challenged inherited archival practice, inspiring new approaches to the archive’s construction. The present post-custodial mode, for example, promises a more collaborative approach, giving voice to those previously silenced by institutional power. By shifting emphasis away from a centralized, physical archive towards digital repositories and archival networks constituted by social media and crowdsourcing, distance between the event and its commemoration collapses. Community access to and participation in the archive is prioritized, precluding institutional intervention. 

The eighth annual Dean Hopper Conference seeks to bring into conversation historians, theorists, archivists and collection managers from across a range of disciplines to discuss past practice and imagine novel approaches to the archive. Thinking through the archive, broadly conceived, we ask the following: what is the future of archives? How might new archival practices foster more equitable distribution of resources? Should digital technology be more central to archives and material culture collections, rather than as a mere adjunct? What new risks threaten the production of history going forward? This conference is planned for Saturday, November 7th, 2020 at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. In the event that we will be unable to meet in person, a virtual platform is planned.

Keynote Speakers

Megan Rossman is assistant professor of communications at Purchase College and an award-winning documentary filmmaker. Rossman’s films have screened at festivals including DOC NYC and Outfest. Her film Love Letter Rescue Squad won best student documentary in the Emerging Filmmakers Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival American Pavilion in 2017. Her first feature-length film The Archivettes, explores the founding and development of the Lesbian Herstory Archives, the largest collection of materials by and about lesbians. The project was awarded the prestigious Princess Grace Award.

Ariella Aïsha Azoulay is professor of modern culture and media at Brown University. Azoulay’s research and latest book, Potential History: Unlearning Imperialism (Verso, 2019), focus on the potential history of the archive, sovereignty, art, and human rights. Potential history, a concept and an approach that she has developed over the last decade, has far-reaching implications for the fields of political theory, archival formations, and photography studies. Her books include: Civil Imagination: The Political Ontology of Photography (Verso, 2012), and The Civil Contract of Photography (Zone Books, 2008). 

Deadline & Submissions

We invite proposals on this theme from graduate students, scholars, and professionals across the humanities. Proposals for individual papers and panels are welcome. Additionally, proposals for undergraduate poster presentations, whether based on a faculty-directed project or individual research, are also encouraged. Please send a 250-word abstract or a proposed poster, as well as a brief biography to by July 10th. For panel proposals, please submit a 200 word panel abstract in addition to individual paper abstracts. 

Suggested topics may include, but are not limited to

  • History of archives and archival theory

  • Archives and the production of memory

  • Strengths and weaknesses of current archival practices

  • Identification and exploitation of narrative silences in the archive

  • Archival activism or the “interventionist” archivist

  • The future of digital archiving

  • “Alternative” archives (film, art, bodies, etc.)

  • Museums and archival practice  

  • Public history and curation as archival practice

  • The social justice imperative in archival production

  • The archival processing of born-digital media

  • Archival networking and crowdsourcing

  • Archives of performance, oral history, music or sound, film, etc.

  • Landscape or architecture as archive

Monday, June 15, 2020

Call for Chapters: Sustainability in Libraries

Call for Submissions: Sustainability in Libraries

Sustainability in Libraries, edited by Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Monika Antonelli, Adrian Ho, and René Tanner will be published by ALA Editions. The book will offer insights into the important developments on how librarians provide leadership and how libraries serve as models for sustainable practices. The editors are seeking articles from a variety of perspectives on topics related to sustainability-including crisis preparation, response, and recovery-within the library profession.   

Objective of the Book:

In 2019, the American Library Association adopted Sustainability as a new core value. This book will provide direction to library personnel and libraries as institutions to position themselves as connectors, conveners, and catalysts for the changes needed. "Sustainability" is not an end point but a mindset, a lens through which operational and outreach decisions can be made. With the climate crisis upon us and its devastating impact on wildlife, oceans, air quality, soil, and the very fabric of life on Earth, we are compelled to find answers and provide direction for our library communities whether they be rural, suburban, metropolitan, schools, or institutions of higher learning. The examples and ideas shared in this edited volume will have far reaching potential and bolster the United Nations' work on the Sustainable Development Goals, which seek to create a more sustainable future for all.

Suggested Topics:

The book chapters will be divided into three main themes for sustainable action.

Theme #1: Libraries as Inspiration & Catalysts – Content that would fall under this theme include topics and examples related to how libraries may provide leadership and serve as a model for sustainable practices through facility stewardship, innovative service design, and outreach and partnership practices.

Theme #2: Libraries as Conveners & Connectors – Content that would fall under this theme include topics and examples related to how libraries work collaboratively through visionary partnerships to facilitate collective impact work to address existing challenges and opportunities with a focus on community well-being and self-reliance.

Theme #3: Libraries as Contributors to Community Resilience – Content that would fall under this theme includes topics and examples of how libraries contribute to future community resilience. For example, active participation in library-centric or community-based resilience/disaster preparedness, response, and recovery efforts and work that contributes to creating a culture of respect, understanding, and empathy in the library's service area.

Target Audience:

The intended audience for this book is people working in public, school, academic, special, rural, and urban libraries. In addition, this book will include instructional materials to be used in Library and Information Science programs to educate future library practitioners about Sustainability, the newest Core Value of Librarianship.

Special Considerations:

High quality, large file, professional, black and white images are encouraged to enhance the text. Unless they are public domain or openly licensed for commercial use, a permission release will be required for each image submitted. A model release form will be necessary for any images with recognizable people in them. The person must be a legal adult or have a parent's permission to use the image.

Submission Guidelines:

The editors welcome submissions from authors who are interested or have experience creating sustainable libraries or working on topics of sustainability in connection with libraries. The editors are open to a variety of submissions including research articles, how-to articles, essays, and interviews. Manuscript submissions should comply with APA Style.

The editors are looking for submissions about sustainability in libraries that emphasize scalable approaches that can be applied to a variety of libraries at different levels. Brief proposals about programs and partnerships that provide inspiration and actionable takeaways are encouraged. Submit a summary of your proposed article (300 words or less) to Sustainability in Libraries

The development of manuscripts will be done in phases. After comments are returned to authors regarding accepted chapter summary proposals, a chapter outline (500 words or less) will be requested.  

Once authors receive acceptance for their chapters they will submit their final manuscripts in .doc or .docx format.  Suggested length is 2,000 to 3,500 words.  Manuscripts should comply with APA style guidelines.


  • Chapter Summary Proposal deadline:  June 29, 2020

  • Notification by editors of proposal acceptance: July 15, 2020

  • Chapter Outlines deadline:  August 17, 2020

  • First Manuscript Drafts deadline: October 1, 2020

  • Additional key dates will be sent to successful proposal writers.

Submit chapter summary proposals to:

For additional information, please contact:

Adrian Ho, Director of Digital Scholarship, University of Kentucky, hoadriank[at]gmail[dot]com, or 

Rene Tanner, Liaison Librarian, Humanities Division, Arizona State University, rene.tanner[at]asu[dot]edu. 

Saturday, June 13, 2020

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

Dear Authors, Researchers, and Scholars,

I hope this e-mail finds you well! Currently, I am in the process of editing a forthcoming publication entitled, Libraries During a Global Health Crisis: Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic please see to be published by IGI Global, an international publisher of progressive academic research. I would like to take this opportunity to cordially invite you to submit your work for consideration in this publication.

I am certain that your contribution of scholarly work on this topic and/or other related research areas such as emerging research, technology, (IoT, AI, AR, VR, Blockchain, HPC and Covid-19, smart libraries, health, medical clinical libraries ) and/or case studies  depicting challenges libraries faced during the COVID-19 pandemic which will make an excellent addition to this publication.

 You can also find detailed manuscript formatting and submission guidelines at If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you very much for your consideration of this invitation, and I hope to hear from you with your proposal no later than August 17, 2020


Thursday, June 11, 2020

CFP: 50+ Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality Programs in Libraries (Extended Deadline)

We are seeking contributing authors who would like to author projects in an upcoming book 50+ Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality Programs in Libraries, edited by Ellyssa Kroski to be published by The American Library Association.


50+ Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality Programs in Libraries will be an all-in-one guide to how to plan, organize, and run all types of new and emerging virtual events in libraries. Programs will range from simple gaming activities utilizing VR headsets to augmented reality events and exhibits in the library, to STEM educational programs.  Programs encompassing new technologies such as augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and even mixed reality (MR) will also be included.  Programs will also consist of those that instruct patrons how to make the most of their own equipment as well as develop applications with these technologies.

Each program will include step-by-step instructions, a materials and equipment list, budget, and recommendations for age ranges and type of library. Programs  will range in cost, topic, and difficulty so there will be something for every size and type of library.  This book will provide real-world programming ideas for public, school, and academic libraries.  This will be an A-Z guidebook for how to implement these types of events, exhibits, tours, and more.

Publication Date: Early 2021

We are seeking project authors for these and other topics:

•       Virtual Reality Programs
Virtual Reality Programs encompass simulated gaming and educational experiences that are viewed through a specialized VR headset which provides images and sounds immersing the viewer in an artificial world.  These types of programs involve using equipment ranging from inexpensive Google Cardboard viewers to costly Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets. Virtual Reality is being used in libraries for gaming programs as well as training and educational programs that utilize applications such as Google Expeditions and CoSpaces to
provide virtual field trips to landmarks and art museums, driver safety programs, 3D coding environments, and even simulated space exploration.  These programs may involve organizing workshops, establishing lending programs, or teaching patrons to utilize their own VR equipment.
o       Program Example: How to Implement an Oculus Rift Gaming Program

•       Augmented Reality Programs
Augmented Reality incorporates virtual information such as images and videos as overlays on top of real-world environments and objects that can be viewed through the camera on a mobile device.  AR programs in libraries encompass enhancing library exhibits, creating interactive book displays, engaging history programs, guided library tours, and scavenger hunts, as well as playing games such as the wildly popular Pokémon Go. Other programs may teach patrons how to design their own augmented reality layers with free
o       Program Example: How to create an AR Orientation Tour of Your Library

•       Mixed Reality Programs
Mixed Reality is a hybrid technology combining virtual reality and augmented reality to produce new environments and visualizations.  Although still bleeding edge, libraries may choose to educate patrons about this tech and accompanying equipment including headsets such as the Microsoft HoloLens and new Google Glass.
o       Program Example: All About Developing for Mixed Reality

o       Please fill out form here: