Call for chapter proposals

Advances in Librarianship, Vol. 34

Librarianship in Times of Crisis

The impact of the global economic crisis is having a severe and

probably lasting impact on libraries and related fields. Libraries not only

are reducing book and periodical buying, but also are asking

publishers to hold prices at prior year levels. Colleges and universities

with the LIS program are seeking new income streams. In the USA,

state libraries such as that of New Jersey, fight to survive funding cuts

as high as 74 percent. Public libraries are closing branches and cutting

service hours. Academic libraries are pooling their purchases and

technical services to streamline operations. Library associations, such

as the Canadian Library Association, are seeking structural changes to

sustain themselves.

The 2011 volume will focus on the impact of plummeting support, as

well as creative solutions for surviving this tsunami. Papers are sought

from all sectors of the field: education; publishing; and all types of

libraries and information services, associations and related industries.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:


Mergers and consolidations amongst consortia and regional



Downsizing library hours and eliminating public library branch



Large, medium and small academic librariesí solutions to cost



Staff reorganizations, layoffs, salary and benefit cuts


Merging technical and non-public service operations across two or

more academic libraries


Refining and narrowing core/principal missions


Digital solutions to offset funding losses


Advocacy efforts by the public to resist loss of library funding


Marketing the value of the library to users


Opening new markets for library and information science schools


Effect on the publishing industry


Impact on museums, archives and special collections


Extent of union leadership in downsizing efforts


How libraries in all sectors are preserving quality of services to their



Impact and solutions for national, state and other government

operations and services.

Please submit chapter proposals by

1 October 2010 to:

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Questions or comments should be addressed to the Editor and

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Schedule of due dates:

Proposal outlines:

1 October 2010

First drafts:

1 February 2011

Revised drafts:

1 May 2011 Research you can use

Anne Woodsworth, Ph.D.
Editor, Advances in Librarianship
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