Library Trends 63(3) Issue on Social Justice in Library and Information Science and Services

First Call for Papers for Library Trends 63(3) Issue on Social Justice in Library and Information Science and Services

Dr. Bharat Mehra would like to invite you to submit a manuscript proposal by June 30, 2013, under the extended timetable below.

The Winter/February 2015 issue of Library Trends (63:3) will include papers in the continuing study of themes related to social justice in library and information science (LIS) and services. For a broad scholarly review of social justice in library and information studies, consult Mehra, Rioux, and Albright’s (2009) piece in the Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences(3rd edition) (edited by M. J. Bates and M. N. Maack), 2009, pp. 4820-4836. This call specifies original scholarship and central to all proposals must be the social justice inquiry of core, peripheral, and other principles of librarianship and information studies, as broadly as that domain may be interpreted.  Authors should strive to meet a 20-30 page limit (5,000-10,000 words).

Submit proposals of no more than 300 words by June 30, 2013. Decisions will be communicated to contributors by July 31, 2013.


The Library Trends issue will consider the following topics [though not limited to]:

– Library Science/Services and Social Justice;

– Information Science/Services and Social Justice;

– Concepts/Theories in LIS/Services and Social Justice;

– Methods/Approaches in LIS/Services and Social Justice;

– Interdisciplinary Constructs in LIS/Services and Social Justice;

– Information and Communication Technologies and Social Justice;

– Other Related Topics.


Social justice in LIS/services involves achieving action-oriented socially relevant outcomes via information-related work. Such efforts are planned, conceptualized, and implemented in the LIS service professions to further community-wide progressive changes via partnering with, and, on behalf of people on society’s margins. This special issue presents articles that examine theories, methods, strategies, and case studies in social justice research, teaching, and service design while keeping their focus on social impact and community involvement in LIS/service practice, education, policy development, and program implementation, amongst other areas. The frame of study is inclusive of (though not limited to) academic, public, school, and special libraries, museums, archives, and other information-related settings in an international context of analysis.

June 30, 2013: Deadline proposal submissions.
December 1, 2013: Deadline papers submissions.
February 1, 2014: Deadline reviews papers.
June 1, 2014: Deadline revised papers.
February 2015: Publication of the special issue


Author guidelines are established at [cut and paste URL in web browser]

All submissions and inquiries should be directed to the attention of Dr. Bharat Mehra [E-mail:].



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