Thursday, October 22, 2020

Contribute to Theological Librarianship's Diversity Forum

 In light of recent events in the country and in recognition of long-standing inequities in the library profession, Theological Librarianship (TL) is planning to devote the Spring 2021 issue to a forum addressing questions of diversity, equity, and inclusion in theological libraries and librarianship. Such questions take different forms in different libraries and even in different theological contexts, and we expect the forum to reflect some of these differences as well as some common themes across the landscape of theological librarianship. The TL forum will be an opportunity to share your experiences with these questions at your institution in a brief (750-1500 word) statement or reflection. 

Since diversity, equity, and inclusion (themselves often fraught terms) evoke a variety of concerns and realties touching race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, class, disability, religious and ethnic identity, etc., TL is looking for submissions that address this variety in critical and constructive ways, with a special focus on the intersectional nature of differing religious commitments and theological perspectives as they engage with other forms of diversity.

Theological Librarianship is an open access journal publishing peer reviewed articles, as well as essays and reviews, on subjects at the intersection of librarianship and religious and theological studies that potentially impact libraries.

The deadline for submissions to the Spring 2021 forum is January 3, 2021. Submissions must be made at Please review the submission guidelines carefully. You will need to login to create your submission. If you have not previously created an account, you will need to register first before a submission can be completed. In the submission form, select “Special Forum” under the Section drop-down.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our editorial team 

Thank you,


Garrett Trott
University Librarian
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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Research Week/Open Access Week Maynooth University Library Programme 2020

 Maynooth University Library will host a series of presentations (via Zoom) to mark Research Week/Open Access Week on Monday 19th October and Tuesday 20th October.

These will be of interest to people in the library field and research areas across different disciplines. Topics include Open Journal Systems, Plan S, Research Collections in a Time of COVID, OpenStreetMap (OSM) geospatial database, Publishing Your Research Open Access, the importance of having an ORCID ID, Open Access Publishing Partnerships, Open Access Publisher Agreements in MU, Open Access and Social Justice.

Attendance is free and booking is essential.


Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Ensuring Knowledge belongs in the Commons: the importance of Open Access

 Presenters: Helen Fallon, Deputy Librarian, Maynooth University & Firoze Manji, Director of Daraja Press, and Adjunct Professor in the Institute of African Studies at Carleton University, Ottawa  

20th  October, 15:00 – 16:00

In November 2020 Daraja, a not-for-profit press, will publish the book "I am a Man of Peace: Writings inspired by the Maynooth University Ken Saro-Wiwa Archive." The book will be available to purchase as a print publication and on open access via MURAL (Maynooth University Research Archive Library).

Helen Fallon, the editor of the collection, will explain the background to, and creation of the book, which marks the 25th anniversary of the execution of Nigerian writer and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa.
Maynooth University Library holds the death-row correspondence from Saro-Wiwa to Sister Majella McCarron (OLA).
More information on the collection

Firoze Manji, the publisher, will discuss why it is necessary to appropriate learning as something that belongs to the commons. He will comment on the role of education and knowledge in the struggles for justice, freedom and dignity.

The presentations will take 30 minutes in total and there will be 30 minutes for questions/discussion.  The event is in Zoom.  The event is free and registration is essential.

Book here

This event is part of Library events for Maynooth University Research Week/Open Access Week2020