Tuesday, June 8, 2010

call for chapters

Call for Chapter Proposals – Advances in Librarianship, Volume 33

Librarianship in Times of Crisis

The impact of the global economic crisis is having a severe and probably lasting impact on libraries and related fields. Libraries are not only reducing book and periodical buying, they are asking publishers to hold prices at prior year levels. Colleges and universities with LIS program are seeking new income streams. In the U.S., state libraries such as New Jersey’s, fight to survive funding cuts as high as 74%. Public libraries are closing branches and cutting service hours. Academic libraries are pooling their purchases and technical services to streamline operations. Library associations, such as the Canadian Library Association, are seeking structural changes to sustain themselves.

The 2011 volume will focus on the impact of plummeting support, as well as creative solutions to surviving this tsunami. Papers are sought from all sectors of the field: education; publishing; and all types of libraries and information services, associations and related industries.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Mergers and consolidations amongst consortia and regional cooperatives
Downsizing library hours and eliminating public library branch services
Large, medium and small academic libraries solutions to cost cutting
Staff reorganizations, layoffs, salary and benefit cuts
Merging technical and non-public service operations across two or more academic libraries
Refining and narrowing core/principal missions
Digital solutions to offset funding losses
Advocacy efforts by the public to resist loss of library funding
Marketing the value of the library to users
Opening new markets for library and information science schools
Effect on the publishing industry
Impact on museums, archives and special collections
Extent of union leadership in downsizing efforts
How are libraries in all sectors preserving quality of services to their clients
Impact and solutions for national, state and other government operations and services
Please submit chapter proposals by October 1st 2010 to awoodsworth@emeraldinsight.com

Author guidelines and further information on the Advances in Librarianship series can be found on the website at: http://info.emeraldinsight.com/products/books/series.htm?id=0065-2830

Questions or comments should be addressed to the Editor and submitted via e-mail to awoodsworth@emeraldinsight.com

Schedule of due dates:

Oct 1st 2010: proposal outlines
Feb 1st 2011: first drafts
May 1st 2011: revised drafts

Kind regards,

Mary Miskin
Assistant Commissioning Editor
Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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