Libraries have begun doing more to support entrepreneurship and innovation within their communities. Makerspaces and business incubators have become featured attractions in public and academic libraries and provide a unique way to reach out to a user group that can bolster a community in dynamic ways. ALAO seeks submissions for the “Supporting Entrepreneurship and Innovation” volume that delve beyond examples and case studies to look at how library leaders can develop support for innovation and entrepreneurship within their libraries. Examples include but are not limited to: analyzing case studies from several institutions to identify best practices; ways of designing library spaces to ensure they meet the needs of all constituents; theoretical discussions on how activities/spaces supporting entrepreneurship and innovation reflect the mission of libraries; creative ways to get resources to support efforts in these areas; how these areas can lead to new kinds of collaborations that benefit libraries.
Editors are particularly interested in proposals on the following topics:
- How the historical and cultural role of libraries has changed (or not) to include services that support creativity and innovation.
- How and why the development of makerspaces and incubators (or other innovative programs) supports the larger community in which the library is situated.
- How innovative and entrepreneurial support develops new partnerships, and how those partnerships can be sustained.
Proposal deadline: August 31, 2017. Notification of acceptance: October 31, 2017.
This will be the first volume of ALAO to publish in 2019.
Series Editor: Samantha Hines, Peninsula College
Volume Editor: Janet Crum, Northern Arizona University
Advances in Library Administration and Organization (ALAO) offers long-form research, comprehensive discussions of theoretical developments, and in-depth accounts of evidence-based practice in library administration and organization. The series answers the questions, “How have libraries been managed, and how should they be managed?” It goes beyond a platform for the sharing of research to provide a venue for dialogue across issues. Through this series, practitioners can glean new approaches in challenging times and collaborate on the exploration of scholarly solutions to professional quandaries. ALAO is published by Emerald Publishing