Call for chapters: edited collection on modern reference services
Reference has gotten more complicated in recent years, with the plethora of materials online and in paper, more ways to ask questions and deliver answers, a larger multicultural public, and interdisciplinary subjects. All this is complicated by declining budgets as usage increases.
This is a call for chapters for a new book that covers these issues and more, for public and academic libraries. New authors as well as experienced authors are welcome. Chapters can be co-written. The deadlines are short to get it to press while still timely; a letter of commitment is needed by June 1, with a brief abstract or outline of topics and a short CV. Please feel free to ask questions!
Reference in the Modern World(s)
Length - 3,000 - 5,000 words (negotiable)
Bibliography is required
Reference for the unattached - freelancers, distance students, entrepeneurs, home schoolers, military, self-employed
Business and academic support in the library, and vice versa
Balancing online and onshelf - budgeting for both, balancing services, training staff and patrons
Changing where we work - roving, virtual, embedded, and co-operative
Changing how we work - FAQs, websites, metadata, wikis, and knowledge management
Changing who does the work - staff and paraprofessionals, training, outsourcing
Specialists and generalists - new breeds and hybrids
Teaching your library - instruction, orientation, and learning commons
Images and media - reference when it's not written
Multicultural and multilingual - same skills, different outlooks
Special collections - getting patrons to the good stuff
Geneology, rare books, archives, manuscripts, local history
More topics are welcome, please feel free to contact me.
Letters of commitment due June 1
First draft due week of August 2
Edited drafts returned week of August 30
Final draft due week of November 1
Adult reference librarians in public and academic libraries, and LIS students.
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