Thursday, August 9, 2018

Call for Book Chapter Proposals - Academic Library Services for Graduate Students: Supporting Future Academics and Professionals

Editors: Carrie Forbes and Peggy Keeran, University of Denver Libraries
To be published by Libraries Unlimited
Proposal Submission Deadline:  Monday, September 17, 2018 Book Overview: As more and more students attend graduate programs, either at the master’s or doctoral level, many higher education institutions have established professional development programs to help ensure that graduate students learn the wide range of skills needed to be successful as both students and as future professionals or academics.  The editors of this volume invite contributors to propose case studies and theoretical essays on academic library services for graduate students that support their multiple roles and identities as students, and as future faculty members or professionals, as well as addressing the complex social and emotional issues related to their other roles as parents, working adults, caretakers, and more.
Because the diverse roles and identities of graduate students tend to intersect in a variety of ways, discussions on promoting gender parity and creating inclusive services for international students, students of color, students with disabilities, veterans, second or third language speakers, immigrants, first-generation students, low-income students, LGBTQ+ students, distance learners, and more, may be covered in any of the sections.
Section Headings and Descriptions:
1) Supporting Graduate Students as Students: From Foundational Research Skills to Inclusive Library Spaces

This section will focus on library services and resources for all graduate students (masters and doctoral) aimed at supporting their academic needs, from library instruction workshops on research and writing to outreach and promotion of databases and tools to the effective design of both virtual and physical spaces.

2) Preparing Future Academics: Professional Expectations of the Academy

Focusing on the professional development needs of doctoral students, this section will detail how academic libraries assist with the preparation of future faculty members through services and resources on topics such as, using altmetrics, managing research data, writing for publication, organizing a dissertation, developing teaching skills, finding research grants, writing conference proposals and posters, and understanding scholarly communication.

3) Focusing on Future Professionals: Professional Expectations of the ‘Real World’

This section will detail how librarians are supporting the development of career skills in graduate students entering professional practice fields from mentoring graduate students as library staff or interns, providing service learning opportunities, offering workshops on resume and cover letter writing, organizing events to connect students with local businesses and non-profits, and teaching students how to build a social media presence.

4) Beyond the Ivory Tower: Life Outside of the Classroom

Graduate students are often parents, spouses, caretakers, and working adults, who need support for their wide range of social and emotional needs beyond their classes and careers related to everything from developing financial literacy, facing discrimination and microaggressions, managing personal relationships, balancing competing demands on their time, and more.

Target audience:
The book’s main audience will encompass academic librarians working with graduate student populations at large and small colleges and universities, public and private. This volume will also be a useful resource for public service librarians, information literacy/instruction librarians, library science professors, graduate program coordinators, special collections librarians, student affairs professionals, writing center directors, and higher education administrators engaged in collaborative efforts to improve graduate student success and retention.

Submission procedure:
Researchers are invited to submit a working chapter title, an abstract up to 500 words, a writing sample, and a current CV to editors Carrie Forbes and Peggy Keeran on or before Monday, September 17, 2018. In the proposal, please indicate in which section your chapter would best fit.

Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by Monday, October 1, 2018, about the status of their proposals and will be sent chapter guidelines.
Completed chapters will be approximately 4,000-5,000 words in length (not including references) and will be due to the editors by Monday, February 18, 2019.  


This book is scheduled to be published by Libraries Unlimited  in 2020. As part of the ABC-CLIO, LLC, umbrella since 2008, Libraries Unlimited remains committed to serving academic, public, school, and special libraries by producing library science textbooks, reference works, practical handbooks, and professional guides of unparalleled quality. 
Important Dates:
Proposal Submission Deadline: Monday, September 17, 2018
Notification of Acceptance: Monday, October 1, 2018      
Full Chapter Submission: Monday, February 18, 2019
Editors Comments Returned: Friday, March 29, 2019
Revised Chapter Submission: Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Final Chapter Deadline: Monday, July 1, 2019

Inquiries and submissions (Word document) may be sent by email to:

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