Friday, May 20, 2011

Editors Wanted

The Editorial Board of Library and Information Research (LIR) wishes to appoint a new Editorial Team. Library and Information Research is

 published three times a year
 the official journal of CILIP’s Library and Information Research Group (LIRG)
 prepared for publication online using ‘Open Journals Systems’

Dr Louise Cooke and Dr Graham Walton from Loughborough University are overseeing the selection process for the new Editorial Team on behalf of LIRG. Applications are invited from individuals or teams of up to three people who will ideally be:

1. Willing to embrace the full variety of Editorial duties

2. From either a practitioner or an academic background
3. Excellent communicators.

This role offers the opportunity to broaden skill sets, improve current awareness across a wide range of subject areas, extend their professional networks and enhance CVs. The team will be appointed for one year in the first instance and support will be provided during the handover period (September to December 2011). The Editorship is a voluntary position, but reasonable expenses (e.g. travel costs to attend meetings) are covered by LIRG.

Further information about LIR is available on the journal website ( For further questions or information please contact Miggie Pickton (current Editor), Louise Cooke or Graham Walton. Their contact details are listed below.

Applications should be sent via e-mail to Louise Cooke or Graham Walton to arrive no later than 17.00 on 3/6/2011. These should include a current CV and a statement of no more than 500 words outlining why you are interested in undertaking this role, and what you believe you can bring to the role. It is anticipated that the new editor(s) will be appointed no later than 30/6/2011.

 Dr Louise Cooke email Telephone: 01509 228 058
Miggie Pickton Email: Telephone: 01604 892 245
 Dr Graham Walton Email: Telephone: 01509 222 355

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

call for book chapters

Call for Chapter Proposals – Advances in Librarianship, Volume 35

Contexts for Assessment and Outcome Evaluation in Librarianship

Assessment and outcomes evaluation has become increasingly important in librarianship. Although initially used mostly in educational contexts to measure student learning, the strategy has migrated to other contexts such as hiring and employee development, overall organizational and institutional successes, measuring the outcomes of projects and operational changes, and self assessment at the personal level. This growing emphasis is in part is due to increasingly stringent requirements of government agencies and to foundations and funding agencies wanting to ensure that their funds are used effectively to improve services and operations. In addition, the current economic climate and retrenchments in non-profit agencies such as colleges, university and public libraries, have raised the need for assessment and outcomes evaluation to a critical level.

This volume of Advances in Librarianship will focus not on the how of doing them, but rather on their successes and failures in various contexts in which these tools have been and will be used.

Topics of interest for proposed chapters about assessment and outcomes evaluation can include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Outcomes evaluation and assessment cases and applications in all settings such as education for librarianship, libraries and other information services analyzing their impact, results and effectiveness;

• Models or case studies specifically developed or adapted to accommodate digital environments;

• Studies and research of their usage in various contexts such as library and information science operations;

• Usage in special and on-going funding requests to governments, foundations and other funding sources;

• Assessment cases or models used in developing software, searching tools, and other electronic applications such as social media;

• Self assessment cases used by employers of librarians and library and information faculty members;

• Use of outcomes evaluation and assessment in hiring and promotion in libraries;

• Studies of the successes of using outcomes evaluation and assessment in tenure decisions in teaching environments;

• Assessment from within and without the library, viz. the virtual library and digital services within the physical library;

• The role of end users in assessment and outcomes evaluation undertakings;

• Views on how to keep assessment and outcomes evaluation dynamic and relevant in times of rapid change;

• Best practices in using assessment and outcomes evaluation which are both quantitative and qualitative;

• Exploration of the relationships between research and assessment;

• The extent to which rubrics used in measuring outcomes and assessment have been and are being standardized;

• Community needs assessments as part of, or prequels to, strategic planning for collections, spaces and services in all types of libraries;

• The impact of assessment on changes in the fields of library and information science.

Please submit chapter proposals by the end of July 2011 to: or

Author guidelines and further information on the Advances in Librarianship series can be found on the website at:

Questions or comments should be addressed to the Editor and submitted via e-mail to Anne Woodswoth at or W. David Penniman at

Schedule of due dates:

Proposal outlines: July 31, 2011

First drafts: December 1, 2011

Revised drafts: March 1, 2012

Kind regards,

Catriona Gelder

Assistant Publisher

Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Tel: +44 (0) 1274 785296

Friday, May 6, 2011

call for papers

CFP: Articles written by librarians working in science and engineering libraries

Call for Papers

Science & Technology Libraries seeks manuscripts from librarians working in science and engineering libraries.

Published by Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, Science & Technology Libraries is the world’s premier journal in this subfield of scholarship. The journal is peer-reviewed and distributed internationally. Share your ideas and research and get the special recognition that comes with publishing. Manuscripts are being accepted now.

call for papers

Call for papers
The journal Library and Information Research (LIR) is seeking papers for

a special issue on research methodology in library and information
studies (LIS), to be published January/February 2012. All papers will be
peer-reviewed and submission details are given below. Final date for
submission of papers is Friday 14 October. Please address any queries
and expressions of interest to the Guest editor for this issue, Judith
Broady-Preston, Department of Information Studies, Aberystwyth
University (

This special issue is an opportunity to share contemporary ideas in
research methodologies, models and methods originating from, or of
relevance to any branch of the LIS discipline, sub-discipline and wider
information profession.

Theoretical papers relating to research methodologies, models and
methods are especially welcomed, as are philosophical papers, and papers
presenting a fully developed process ready for wider use. In all cases
concepts and underlying principles should be emphasised, with enough
background information to orient any reader who is not a specialist in
the particular subject area. The work should not have been published
elsewhere nor submitted to another journal or conference.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:
Action research
Case study research method (single and multiple)
Computer modelling and simulation
Critical theory research
Delphi method
Design-oriented research
Evaluative and performance research, including conjoint analysis
Evidence-based and reflective professional practice research
Grounded theory
Positivist paradigm
Relativist approaches to qualitative research.
Reflexivity and subjectivity
Research design and triangulation
Research ethics and protocols
Theory development
Information for authors

To find out about writing for Library and Information Research please
see the 'Information for Authors', available from the right hand menu
bar on the journal home page: