Thursday, January 25, 2007

Call for Chapters: Library 2.0 Initiatives in Academic Libraries

Call for Chapters
Hybrid Book/Wiki Publication
Library 2.0 Initiatives in Academic Libraries
An ACRL Monograph
Editor: Laura B. Cohen

Library 2.0 is a response to the revolution in the way library users create, edit, seek, use, organize and share information. Many observers agree on several guiding principles of Library 2.0. These include the use of social information tools favored by users; building personalized, participatory library services driven by user needs; an embrace of radical trust; taking the library to users; and rapid change mobilized by assessment.

Academic libraries are spearheading Library 2.0 innovations, but many libraries remain out of the loop. Library 2.0 Initiatives in Academic Libraries will be a hybrid book and post-publication wiki presenting case studies of Library 2.0 initiatives and will serve as a guide to action. It is the first professional library publication of its type.

Library 2.0 Initiatives in Academic Libraries will consist of case study chapters on a range of significant Library 2.0 initiatives taking place in academic libraries throughout the world. Following its publication, the authors will maintain follow-up reports on a wiki that will track the subsequent evolution of their initiatives. These reports can be tracked on the wiki site or by RSS feed.

The book and wiki will be published by the Association of College & Research Libraries.

Recommended topics: Acceptable topics cover a range of significant initiatives that embody the guiding principles of Library 2.0. Topics may cover functional beta initiatives.

Chapter topics, and any combinations of these topics, may include but are not limited to the following:

- 2.0-enhanced Web sites
- Assessment of Library 2.0 initiatives
- Blogging
- Delivering customizable content
- Engaging staff in Library 2.0 principles and practices
- Engaging students in library planning and assessment
- Gaming
- IM communication
- Innovative user-centered services in physical spaces
- Library Web sites as community spaces
- Mashups
- Mobile computing-enhanced online spaces
- OPAC innovations
- Podcasting, videocasting, Web conferencing
- Privacy and 2.0
- RSS content delivery
- Social bookmarking
- Social networking tools used for outreach, community conversations, teaching, research, etc.
- Student collaboration in developing library services
- Tagging
- Taking the library to users in both physical and online spaces
- Wiki publishing

Submissions: Individuals interested in contributing to this publication are invited to e-mail a proposal to the editor. Significant writings about the initiative should not have appeared elsewhere. The proposal should be approximately 500 words and consist of your name, affiliation, working title of the chapter, abstract, description of the initiative and plans for its future development. Proposals should include a statement that the author(s) agree to maintain periodic project updates on the post-publication wiki for a period of at least two years following publication of the book.

Please e-mail your proposal in an attached document to Laura B. Cohen, editor, at lcohen at by March 1, 2007. You will be notified about the status of your submission by April 1, 2007. Following acceptance of proposals, authors will have three months to prepare chapters of 5,000-7,000 words. The book has an estimated publication date of fall 2007.

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