Friday, October 9, 2020

Special Libraries, Special Challenges - Call for submissions Public Services Quarterly

 Call for Submissions 

The “Special Libraries, Special Challenges” column of the Taylor & Francis journal,  Public Services Quarterly is currently seeking submissions that explore all aspects of working in a special library. Each piece is approximately 2,000 words and focused on practical ideas rather than theory. Case studies are welcome.  


Column Description 

“Special Libraries, Special Challenges” is a column dedicated to exploring the unique public services challenges that arise in libraries that specialize in a particular subject, such as law, medicine, business, and so forth. In each column, the author will discuss public service dilemmas and solutions that arise specifically in special libraries.


COVID Disruptions/Potential Key Topic Areas


Articles related to the pandemic, its impact on library services and resources, and ways libraries are responding to these disruptions are particularly welcome at this time.

  • Successful remote work/remote service models
  • Remote/Hybrid/HyFlex teaching innovations
  • Other novel service ideas and pilot projects 
  • Professional and continuing development, both traditional and remote
  • New approaches to tackling perennial issues in special libraries 
  • Communicating value to stakeholders 
  • Collaborating on interdisciplinary initiatives 
  • Emerging trends, such as empirical research, data analytics and alt-metrics 
  • Various literacies (IL, media, technology, etc.) 
  • Other ideas welcomed!  


Special or subject-matter librarians interested in authoring a piece for this column are invited to contact the co-editors, Patti Gibbons  or Deborah Schander