Thursday, May 20, 2021

Call for Chapters: Academic Libraries and Collaborative Research Support Services


Editor: Carrie Forbes, PhD, University of Denver Libraries


To be published by Rowman & Littlefield


Proposal Submission Deadline:  Friday, June 11, 2021 (Deadline Extended)


Book Overview: 


Higher education institutions are realizing the importance of enabling internal and external collaborative work, e.g., interdisciplinary research and community partnerships. As a result of both the external pressures and the known benefits, many forms of both internal and external research collaborations have begun to emerge in higher education. At the heart of this change, academic libraries, who have long been models for collaborative work, are increasingly participating in the research process by providing a widening range of research support services beyond traditional reference services. There is a growing body of literature examining these changing academic library roles, but this volume will concentrate on how the nature of collaborative work in libraries is helping to reshape institutional research practices on a national scale. 


The editor of this volume invites chapter proposals for case studies and theoretical essays on the nature of collaborative research practices in higher education with a particular focus on the changing nature of research support services in academic libraries. The volume will have four focus areas: emerging liaison roles, research data management services, the library as publisher, and professional development. 


Submission procedure:


Researchers are invited to submit a working chapter title, an abstract up to 500 words, a writing sample (if possible), and a current CV to the editor Carrie Forbes ( on or before Friday, June 11, 2021. 


In the proposal, please indicate in which section your chapter would best fit and be sure to detail how your essay or case study fits into the overall theme of collaborative research services in academic libraries.


Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by Monday, June 28, 2021, 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 editor by Friday, October 1, 2021.


For the complete call for proposals, please visit:





Carrie Forbes, PhD

Professor/ Associate Dean

University of Denver Libraries

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