News: Call for Chapter Proposals

10.24.16 – Call for Chapter Proposals…

Sarah P’s comments: An opportunity for American librarians or for those with experience working in the US.


The Globalized Library:  American Academic Libraries and International Students, Collections and Practices (working title)

Editors – Yelena Luckert & Lindsay Inge

For publication with ACRL Press

Proposal submission deadline: December 1, 2016.

Send Proposals to: or to and/or

Editors Yelena Luckert and Lindsay Inge invite the submission of chapter proposals for a book on international aspects of American libraries. When reflecting on libraries in the United States, we almost never think of them as being international in nature.  We view them as an “American” institution, serving our “American” patrons and our “American” organizations.  Yet, libraries in America are international to their core.  The book’s primary focus is to take a sort of inventory of what has been done recently in the field of international librarianship in US institutions, inspire more libraries and librarians to do this work, and spark imagination to develop new things. We are open to studies that branch away from higher education or topics outlined below as long as they focus on globalization and international librarianship.

New and completed research and case studies are welcome, provided any new studies can be completed within the timeline explained below. Chapters based on completed research must not be previously published or simultaneously submitted elsewhere.

We are seeking proposals for the topics described below.  However, we will consider other topics provided they are within the spirit of the book and will add another dimension to the overall discussion:

  • Collection development

–        Building general collections of area studies based on foreign acquisitions (approval plans, cataloging, readership, etc.).

–        Building special/archival collections of foreign materials.

–        International digitization projects.

  • Teaching

–        Information literacy for international students on American campuses.

–        Integration of international students into American college culture and environment.

–        Developing new librarians:  teaching global issues through examples in US library and information programs.

  • Library partnership programs

–        Sister library program.

–        International cooperation.

–        International assistance.

–        Readership programs like American Corner.

–        Unique partnerships and agreements.

  • Professional development of librarians

–        Participation in international conferences

–        Exchanges of library professionals (skills, experience, knowledge)

–        Employment abroad for American librarians

–        Pen pal program

Submission procedure: Please submit chapter proposals of up to 500 words, a short author’s statement, and a writing sample, to by December 1, 2016.  You can also choose to send your proposal to and/or by December 1, 2016. If you are proposing new, uncompleted research, please provide a tentative timeline that includes a date for completion, evidence of institutional approval, if appropriate, as well as any additional dates you think are relevant.  Authors will be notified of acceptance before February 1, 2016.

If there are multiple authors for a chapter, please submit author statements for each author and at least one writing sample – it is optional to provide multiple writing samples (i.e. not all co-authors have to submit writing samples, but if you feel it best represents your team to submit more than one, please do.)

Note: This initial stage requires a 500-word description, so just planning out your article now is fine. Final manuscripts of between 1500 and 5000 words will be due July 1, 2017, with drafts and edits staggered throughout the year as best fits the schedules of the author(s) and editors.

For additional information, contact the editors:

Yelena Luckert, Directory for Research and Learning, University of Maryland Libraries,

Lindsay Inge, First Year Experience Librarian, University of Maryland Libraries,

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