Thursday, May 20, 2021

Call for Proposals - C&RL (College & Research Libraries)


C&RL is seeking proposals for a special issue on library instruction and the one-shot. 

Proposal submissions may include but are not limited to:

  • How one-shots help or hinder our campus-wide instruction efforts
  • How pedagogy is affected by one-shot models, with focus on learning models, educational theory, or critical pedagogy
  • Burnout, turnover, and low morale of instruction librarians engaged in one-shot-focused teaching
  • Burnout, turnover, and low morale related to tenure and retention for BIPOC librarians and others from marginalized groups engaged in one-shot-focused teaching
  • One-shots as white supremacy or faux-neutrality
  • The effects of expectations for positivist teaching approaches in one-shots that erase or leave out other ways of knowing (such as Indigenous research practices)
  • How one-shots fit into relational and care work-based instruction programs
  • One-shots’ impact on instruction as feminized labor
  • Other labor-related or critical models that speak to the impact of one-shots
  • Assessment, measurement, and analytics in terms of the one-shot
  • Dreaming and imagination: where do we go, what is ideal? (Submissions in this category can be less formal, and creative or exploratory.)

Approaches to exploring these topics can take multiple approaches, such as theoretical, practical, qualitative, quantitative, philosophical, and other ways of knowing. Manuscripts (~3,000-6,000 words) will go through a peer-review process. C&RL uses The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Ed. See more on author guidelines here:

Proposals should include:

  • Author name(s), contact information, and affiliation
  • Tentative title or focus
  • A proposal/abstract of no more than 500 words

Please submit proposals through this form ( by July 1, 2021. Contact the guest editor, Nicole Pagowsky, with any questions at Also please contact Nicole if you have expertise in any of these areas and would like to be a peer-reviewer for this special issue, regardless of if you submit a proposal or not.

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