Library and Information Science in the Middle East and North Africa


The ELIME-21 fellows in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill plan to edit a volume on library and information science (LIS) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Chapters focusing on critical analysis of contemporary practices and LIS issues in MENA are sought for a collection by practicing librarians, LIS faculty or students from all over the world. Ideal chapters will place library and information issues in the broader context of recent regional history and explain the ways in which particular issues manifest themselves in MENA.


The audience of this volume will be library and information professionals and scholars who wish to familiarize themselves with the state of the field, its regional history, current challenges and opportunities for development. The book will be aimed at those conducting research on LIS in the region or who are interested in contributing to the development of the field in MENA.


Each chapter will be in English and range between 3000 and 5000 words, although longer chapters are welcome. We will not consider previously published or simultaneously submitted material. We will not consider chapters with more than two authors. The proposal should be approximately 500-700 words. Please clearly explain the mission and concerns of the proposed chapter. Interested authors are invited to submit a proposal on or before 15 February 2013. Please send the proposal, along with a current CV, to Amanda Click at [log in to unmask]. Proposals without an accompanying CV for each author will not be considered.


N. B.: This volume is at the proposal stage with our publisher. Once the proposals have been vetted, a list of chapters and authors will be compiled and the full proposal will be submitted to the publisher and shared with the authors. If the volume is accepted by the publisher, final manuscripts will be expected around 1 November 2013.


This announcement can also be found here.


Amanda B. Click
PhD Student, ELIME-21 Fellow
School of Information and Library Science
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill




Wanda Monroe

Director of Communications

School of Information and Library Science

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

108 Manning Hall, CB#3360

Chapel Hill, NC  27599-3360


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