World Libraries — a peer-reviewed, open access LIS journal published by the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois — invites submissions on library and information topics of interest to an international audience.
If libraries, museums and archives are windows to the world, it follows that those working in them must also be internationally engaged, sharing ideas across borders, profiting from the successes and discoveries of farflung colleagues, and strengthening alliances built upon shared philosophies.
World Libraries is a cooperative, collaborative project devoted to the free and unfettered sharing of knowledge. Working from the premise that librarianship has always had and should always have an international scope — and that we ignore ideas and neglect allies at our own peril — we invite LIS professionals and fellow travelers to engage in an ongoing conversation.
Topics may include but are not limited to:
Library and information trends, including the maker movement, sharing economy, gamification, resilience, connected learning, haptic technology, linked data and elder services
Disaster preparation and recovery, including crisis informatics
Preservation and conservation, including the impact of global climate change
Scholarly communication, including libraries as publishers and information creators
International dialogue on LIS topics, including organizations such as IFLA and the International Librarians Network
The impact of library and information services on political discourse and activity, socio-economic trends, and quality of life
Marketing and advocacy, including case studies of approaches and campaigns
Library design and innovative use
The for-profit library sector and economic globalization
Comparative librarianship, including postcolonial studies
Information services and minority groups, including immigrant communities, indigenous people and LGBTQ+ people
Literacy, including information and artifactual literacy
Demonstrating the value of library and information services
Access to information and intellectual freedom
The future of library and information services
Leaders or influential figures in the library and information sector
And library and information topics in any country or region, particularly emerging countries and regions
Submissions may take the form of research papers, interviews, reportage and correspondence, opinion pieces, talks and lectures, roundtables, multimedia storytelling, and product and media reviews (including books, audio-visual works and electronic resources). Other types of submissions are welcome and will be given due consideration by our editorial team. Accepted research papers are evaluated by at least two peer reviewers.
World Libraries is published in English, but non-English content is welcome and translation assistance may be available.
Authors whose works are published in World Libraries are given the option of retaining the rights to their works. They may retain copyright or select a Creative Commons license that best suits their needs. More information will be provided upon acceptance of a submission.
For more information about World Libraries and to make a submission, visit http://worldlibraries.dom.edu/index.php/worldlib/about/submissions.
Questions? Please contact World Libraries editor Scott Shoger at firstname.lastname@example.org
More about World Libraries
World Libraries is a project of the faculty, staff and students of Dominican University Graduate School of Library and Information Science; an advisory board of library and information professionals from around the world; and an ever-changing cast of contributors and readers. It was established in 1990 under the title Third World Libraries.
Past contributors and editors include Marta Terry González, Loriene Roy, Ken Haycock, Sara Paretsky, Roderick Cave, D. J. Foskett, Norman Horrocks, Carlos Victor Penna, Josefa Emilia Sabor, Peter Havard-Williams, Herbert S. White, Jeanne Drewes, Lars-Anders Baer, Peggy Sullivan, Robert P. Doyle, Michael E. D. Koenig and John W. Berry.
Themed issues have focused on indigenous library services, Latin American librarianship, the Center for Research Libraries and information services in Cuba, Nigeria and Poland. The entire run of the journal is available at http://worldlibraries.dom.edu.