Sunday, March 3, 2019

Advances in Library Administration and Organization - Call for Proposals

ALAO seeks submissions for the “Technical Services in the 21st Century Library” volume that delve beyond examples and case studies to examine the changing role of technical services from the library management perspective.

Proposals in the following areas would be of particular interest:
  • Telling the Technical Services story
  • Assessment, Data driven decision making and data visualization in technical services
  • New skills, new models of staff organization, reorganizations to meet changing library services
  • Collaborations with other library or university departments
  • Technical Services within a library consortium
  • Technical services and Collection Development
  • Aligning Technical Services with Library Mission and Vision
  • Updating workflows to accommodate new ways of working, changing technology, and changing needs
  • Linked data
  • Library Management Systems and/or Integrated Library Systems
  • Collection budgets including management of DDA/PDA programs, unbundling Big Deals, new acquisitions vehicles
  • Valuing and assessing resources in terms of relevance for the community served
  • Leveraging technical services for scholarly communications and university-produced research.
  • Technical services Librarians as faculty
  • Open-Education Resources or OERs
  • Out-sourcing
  • Space allocation
  • Technical Services for special collections and archival collections
This will be the first volume of Advances in Library Administration and Organization (ALAO) to publish in 2020. 

How to submit
If you are interested in contributing to this volume, send a proposal including author details and estimated length of final submission to Samantha Hines at by April 15, 2019.

Submission deadlines
Proposal deadline:  April 15, 2019
Notification of acceptance sent by:  May 31, 2019

About the Advances in Library Administration and Organization series
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, in a way that traditional peer reviewed journals cannot.  Through this series, practitioners can glean new approaches in challenging times and collaborate on the exploration of scholarly solutions to professional quandaries.