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Call for Chapter Abstract: LGBTQ Librarianship in the 21st Century.

Resultado de imagen de LGBTQ Librarianship in the 21st CenturyBook Information:

Mehra, B. (ed.). LGBTQ Librarianship in the 21st Century: Emerging Directions of Advocacy and Community Engagement in Diverse Information Environments (Advances in Librarianship Series).Bingley, United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing.

Here is an exciting invitation to submit a 500-word abstract proposing a chapter for this edited collection by June 30, 2017 (the sooner the better):

The editor seeks original scholarship on the emerging directions of advocacy and community engagement in LGBTQ librarianship relevant in the 21st century. The collection will include work in traditional library settings (i.e. academic library, public library, school library, special library—medical, corporate/business, law) as well as in diverse non-traditional information environments including cultural heritage memory institutions (museums, archives, historical societies, special collections), organizations in the public and private sectors, research centers and educational institutions, non-profit community agencies, and others.

LGBTQ issues and concerns in the width and depth of the library and information science (LIS) professions, including LIS practice, research, management, and education are included. Interdisciplinary convergences of information studies (including librarianship) with strengthened ties to psychology and sociology, communication and public relations, advertising and journalism, computer science and software development, STEM disciplines, business and organizational management, education and public administration, amongst others, are most welcome.

The focus of this book is to develop an edited collection of work that represents newly emerging and exciting directions of thought and praxis, policy and education, case-studies and best practices in diverse information environments that are reflective of the changing social realities and cultural conditions of the 21st century. The work will highlight how library professionals, information practitioners, educators, students, policy makers, managers and administrators, public officials, community activists, and others are developing and adopting innovative approaches to better represent and serve LGBTQ patrons/users/clients/customers (variously defined) via information-related work in diverse information settings.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Relevant LGBTQ theory and constructs for the library and information professions in the 21st century.
  • New directions and emerging scope of LGBTQ librarianship in information-related work: Contemporary information-related practices in diverse traditional and non-traditional information environments.
  • The LGBTQ in LIS education and the new teaching and learning environment.
  • Examples of information-related LGBTQ librarianship concerns in globally diverse settings.
  • Where is the LGBTQ in the representational professional realm? (e.g., ALA, PLA, IFLA, etc.).
  • Emerging responses and roles of the progressive and reflective library and information professional in community building, community engagement, advocacy, etc.
  • Other related topics.

Feel free to get in touch for additional information and I will be delighted to have a conversation to discuss related topics based on your interest, experience, and point of view.

Estimated Timetable:

  • Till June 30, 2017: Call for proposed chapter title and 500-word abstract; Notification of acceptance of the proposal.
  • July-September, 2017: First collection of full/partial chapter manuscripts (check-in).
  • February 1, 2018: Feedback from editors after compiling reviewer’s comments.
  • May 31, 2018: Deadline for revised chapter manuscripts

About the Editor:

Bharat Mehra, PhD, is Associate Professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee. His research furthers diversity and intercultural communication and addresses social justice and social equity agendas to meet the needs of minority and underserved populations (e.g., lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people; racial and ethnic minorities; international communities; low-income families; rural residents; small businesses;amongst others). [More information can be found at URL:  www.sis.utk.edu/users/bharat-mehra].

Please direct submissions and inquiries to Bharat Mehra (bmehra@utk.edu).

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