Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Call for Chapters: Toward Inclusive Academic Librarian Hiring Practices (upcoming ACRL publication)

Working Book Title: Toward Inclusive Academic Librarian Hiring Practices

Book Publisher: Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)

Proposal Submission Deadline: June 24, 2022

Book Website:



There is an urgent need to reimagine the academic librarian hiring process in a way that prioritizes inclusion while minimizing unrealistic burdens on candidates if the profession is to truly become welcoming and diverse. Academic librarian hiring practices often go unchanged or unexamined for several years at a time, leading to variations between search committees and outdated practices that fail to reflect the current or future culture of the library.


The continued use of hiring practices without reflection inhibits academic libraries’ ability to foster inclusive interview experiences and recruit a diverse pool of candidates. Research on academic librarian hiring shows that candidates are often subjected to a process that is more organization-centric and less candidate-centric. Increasingly, candidates are being asked to submit more and more application materials (e.g., transcripts, cover letters, resumes, teaching statements, research statements, etc.) and to perform other significant labor (e.g., job talks) during interview processes just to be considered.


We are seeking chapters for an upcoming ACRL publication that highlight efforts to transform recruitment processes in academic libraries to be more inclusive. While the focus of this book will be on practical strategies implemented by academic libraries, we also welcome proposals that are theoretical in nature as long as they highlight the practical implications for academic librarian recruitment. As editors of this volume, we envision three broad sections that will have submissions that discuss aspects of recruitment and hiring practices prior to, during, and after the candidate search.


Potential Topics:

       Developing Job Announcements/Position Descriptions

       Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion training for Search Committees

       Proactive Recruitment

       Evaluating Applicants’ Materials

       Evaluating Candidates Throughout the Interview (e.g., using rubrics)

       Bias, “Fit”, and Unlawful Questions

       Transforming the On-Campus Interview

       Remote Interviewing

       Reimbursement Culture

       Communicating with Candidates

       Accessibility in Hiring

       Soliciting and Incorporating Stakeholder Feedback


For a proposed book outline, please refer to the following:



The deadline for proposals is June 24, 2022. Proposals can be submitted here:


It is our goal to foster a community of authors who support each other. As such, accepted authors will be invited to participate in an online community and serve as peer reviewers. Please note that participation in the community and as a peer reviewer are not required to contribute a chapter to the book. In addition to having the option to participate in the online community, each author will be partnered with a member of the book’s Editorial Team who will provide support to authors as needed throughout the process.



       Proposals due: June 24, 2022

       Author Notification: August 1, 2022

       First Draft Due: Late October 2022

       Chapter Drafts Submitted to Peer Reviewers: November 2022

       Peer Reviews Shared with Authors: January 2023

       Final Chapter Drafts Due: March 2023


About the Editors:

Each member of the Editorial Team has worked in academic libraries for several years and served on multiple hiring committees for librarian, staff, and student positions. The Editorial Team has also been involved in efforts at their institutions to reimagine academic hiring processes to be more inclusive, and they have conducted research related to academic librarian hiring practices.


Jenny Wong-Welch (she/her/hers) is the Head of Research, Instruction, and Outreach at San Diego State University.


Katie Houk (she/her/hers) is the Undergraduate Medical Education Librarian at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.


Jordan Nielsen (they/them/theirs) is the Librarian for Business at Vanderbilt University.


If you have questions or want to discuss a chapter topic with the editors, please email us at