Special Issue of Public Services Quarterly: Next Generation” Library Services

The deadline for submitting articles for a Special Issue of Public Services Quarterly dedicated to the practical application of “Next Generation” Library Services is June 1, 2011.


This issue will be edited by Beth Blakesley and Alex Merrill; all queries and submissions should be sent to them (see below).


Details: Over the past decade libraries have faced increasing pressure to provide more with less. Academic libraries have developed innovative programs to meet the challenge of continuing to provide the same level of service using different methods. Many of these programs have been implemented using new web technologies or social media platforms. Unfortunately, these new and novel methods are not created equal.


This special issue of Public Services Quarterly seeks papers reporting the success (or failure) of “Next Generation” library services in any type of library environment. These services are not limited to web applications or projects and  can most certainly include all manner of analog or digital services that have proven (or not) to be effective. Case studies or “How we did it here” papers are welcome but the editors are looking for a solid underlying framework for discussing the methodologies used to prove or disprove why the service was or was not a success.


Submission of Manuscripts

All submissions must be in English, should represent original work done by the authors, and must NOT have been published, accepted for publication, or be presently under consideration for publication elsewhere. Manuscripts should be prepared according to Public Services Quarterly Instructions for Authors: http://tinyurl.com/psq-authors  Reviews of the submitted manuscripts will proceed in accordance with Public Services Quarterly editorial policy. Submissions should be by electronic transmission ONLY (using a Word file attachment) and must be sent to the guest editors.


Please direct any questions about the special issue and your submissions to the Special Issue Guest Editors:


Elizabeth Blakesley

Assistant Dean of Libraries


Library Administrative Office

Washington State University Libraries

PO Box 645610

Pullman WA 99164-5610


Alex Merrill


Digital Initiatives Librarian/ Systems Operations Manager

Washington State University Libraries

Systems Office / Terrell 1G

PO Box 645610

Pullman WA 99164-5610



Important Dates


June 1, 2011                Deadline for submission

July 1, 2011                 Author notification

August 1, 2011           Author revisions due

Mid-September 2011  Articles posted online

October 2011              Volume 7 Issue 3/4 officially published


Leave a Reply