The small or rural academic library: Leveraging resources, overcoming

Call for Book Chapter Proposals:

Editors of the forthcoming ACRL publications book The small or rural academic
library: Leveraging resources, overcoming limitations, to be published
mid-2016, seek proposals for chapters from librarians who have identified and
met the challenges unique to the small and/or rural academic library. The book
will provide a practical overview of academic library programs, policies,
managerial, technological, and professional engagement concerns within small
academic libraries (FTE <500 – 2,999) or academic libraries in rural
environments (population of 50,000 or less). Chapters are sought about tactics
for and experiences of identifying and remedying these challenges.

Topics may include:
The knowledge/skills/abilities needed for small and rural academic
Collaborations with institutional offices, academic departments, the community,
or other libraries;
Creating or  augmenting professional development opportunities or resources;
Marketing and outreach initiatives;
Working with specific user groups (e.g., international students, students with
disabilities, first-generation college students, etc.);
Creation, expansion, or revamping of programs or services;
Policy creation and/or implementation;
Strategic planning;
Information literacy instruction and integration;
Ethical decision-making or ethical challenges in the workplace;
Leadership (formal and informal);
Hiring and recruitment;
Succession planning;
Working with paraprofessionals;
Fiscal challenges and responsibilities;
Access to/usage of/barriers to technology and infrastructure; and
Promotion and tenure/research opportunities or barriers;

Submission Procedure: Proposal Submission Deadline is June 15th, 2015.

Academic library professionals working in small or rural libraries are invited
to submit their proposal of not more than 3 pages, double-spaced. Your proposal
should include: 1) the names and contact information for all authors (please
identify a main contact); 2) a clear, concise description of the topic you are
proposing for a potential chapter; 3) why the topic may be of interest to
small/rural academic librarians; 4) information about the author(s) showing
his/her qualifications for writing the chapter, and 5) a brief biographical
sketch of each contributing author. Submissions should be in Microsoft Word.
Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by July 1, 2015. If the book
proposal is accepted, each chapter will be expected to be about 4,000 – 5,000

Inquiries and submissions can be sent to:

Kaetrena Davis Kendrick, Assistant Librarian
University of South Carolina Lancaster Medford Library
476 Hubbard Drive
Lancaster, SC 29720

Kaetrena Davis Kendrick, M.S.L.S.
Deborah Tritt, M.L.I.S., M.S.I.T.

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