Category Archives: Books

Call for Book Chapters: Social Justice and Activism in Libraries, Moving Beyond Diversity to Action

Book Publisher: McFarland

Su Epstein, Ph.D., co-editor. Director, Saxton B. Little Free Library, Columbia, Connecticut
Carol Smallwood, co-editor. Public Library Systems, Special, School Librarian, Michigan
Vera Gubnitskaia, co-editor. Reference Librarian, Valencia College, Winter Park, Florida

One or two chapters sought from U.S. practicing academic, public, school, special librarians, LIS faculty, sharing how to take the concept of diversity to the next level. The role librarians can play in social justice and social change, activities supporting tolerance in libraries. Topics could be inclusivity, tolerance, civic engagement, civic education, human rights, social responsibility; in the areas of collection development, programming, professional development, partnerships and outreach—just to name a few.

One author or two or three authors per chapter. Compensation: one complimentary copy per 3,000-4,000 word chapter accepted no matter how many co-authors or if one or two chapters: author discount on more copies. Contributors are expected to sign a release form in order to be published. Public, school and special librarians, LIS instructors are especially encouraged to submit.

Please e-mail titles of proposed chapters each described in a few sentences by November 30, 2017, brief bio on each author; place TOL, LAST NAME on subject line to: epsteinsc@gmail.com

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American Historical Association Announces 2017 Prize Winners

The American Historical Association is pleased to announce the winners of its 2017 prizes. The AHA offers annual prizes honoring exceptional books, distinguished teaching and mentoring in the classroom, public history, and other historical projects. Since 1896, the Association has conferred over a thousand awards. This year’s finalists were selected from a field of over 1,300 entries by nearly 100 dedicated prize committee members. The names, publications, and projects of those who received these awards are a catalog of the best work produced in the historical discipline.

The William and Edwyna Gilbert Award for the best article in a journal, magazine, or other serial on teaching history

Laura K. Muñoz (Texas A&M Univ.-Corpus Christi) for “Civil Rights, Educational Inequality, and Transnational Takes on the US History Survey,” History of Education Quarterly 56, no. 1 (February 2016)

The J. Franklin Jameson Award for the editing of historical primary sources

The late Karsten Friis-Jensen, ed., and Peter Fisher, trans., for Saxo Grammaticus: Gesta Danorum: The History of the Danes, 2 vols. (Oxford Univ. Press, 2015)

See full list of awards.

Call for Chapters: Comics and Critical Librarianship for Academic Libraries (Library Juice Press)

Call for Chapter Proposals

Working Title: Comics and Critical Librarianship for Academic Libraries
Editors: Olivia Miller & Stephanie Grimm
Submission Deadline: December 15, 2017
Publisher: Library Juice Press

Book description

This book will be a collection of chapters on ways comics have been used in the practice of critical librarianship. The intended audiences for this book are librarians and library workers that currently or hope to work with comics in academic libraries, people interested in critical librarianship, and comics scholars. The purpose of this book is to add to the conversation of critical librarianship within academic libraries by highlighting the use and focus of an already radical medium (comics) by librarians and library workers who practice critical librarianship.

For the purposes of this book, we use the term “comics” to mean any work in the medium of comics/sequential art. This can mean comic book issues, graphic novels, comic strips, webcomics, minicomics, etc.

We want both critical librarianship and comics to be approachable and accessible topics to our readers. One way we aim to do this is through approachable language much in the way that Maria T. Accardi did in Feminist Pedagogy for Library Instruction.

Possible topics

Possible topic areas include but are not limited to the following:

  • Critical considerations of:
    • comics in academic library exhibitions or programming
    • comics in library instruction in higher education contexts
    • cataloging practices in relation to comics
    • acquisition or collection management/organization practices for comics and comics collections
    • comics or comics ephemera in special collections, archives, or manuscript collections
  • Case studies on the critical use of comics in academic libraries and special collections
  • Theoretical or research-based considerations of comics as a tool and site for critical librarianship
  • Other relevant considerations of the topic

Timeline

  • Abstract submission deadline: December 15, 2017
  • Notification/Feedback regarding submission: January 31, 2018
  • First drafts due: June 15, 2018
  • Final drafts due: October 15, 2018
  • Final manuscript due to publisher: December 2018

Submissions

Please email abstracts of up to 500 words to critlibcomics (at) gmail (dot) com.

Abstracts should briefly describe your topic and how your chapter discusses using comics in critical librarianship. You are welcome to submit multiple abstracts about different possible topics. If your submission is tentatively accepted, the editors may request modifications. Material cannot be previously published.

Final chapters will be in the 2000-5000-word range. Abstracts that discuss comics being used in critical librarianship practices in tribal college libraries, HBCUs, Hispanic-serving institutions, community colleges, archives, special libraries, and libraries outside the United States are especially welcome.

Please direct any questions to Olivia Miller and Stephanie Grimm, editors, at critlibcomics (at) gmail (dot) com.

About the Editors

Olivia Miller (she/her) is the Arts & Humanities Librarian at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Her BA is in Art History and English from the University of North Carolina Greensboro and she attended the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill for her MSLS. She built a strong graphic novel collection in her last position at Greensboro College and taught a for-credit course for two semesters on how to read and find comics with a feminist pedagogy.

Stephanie Grimm (she/her) is the Art and Art History Librarian at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. She holds a BFA in Illustration and earned her MSI from the University of Michigan, where she developed a dedicated minicomics collection within the university libraries. She has worked with comics and illustration students at both art & design schools and research universities, and is a proponent of critical librarianship and literacy for artists and design students.

CFP: 2017 Best Book Proposal Contest for the Beta Phi Mu Scholars Series

This call does not specifically mention archives, but archives fits within their description.


2017 Best Book Proposal Contest for the Beta Phi Mu Scholars Series

Contest Sponsored by Rowman & Littlefield, Publishers

Please provide detailed answers to the following prompts, along with required documentation, for a chance to win $250.00 from Rowman & Littlefield and the opportunity to pursue a book contract. To be eligible, proposals must be submitted electronically to Andrea Falcone, Editor, at bpmseries@gmail.com by 11:59 p.m. on November 15th, 2017.  Submissions will be evaluated by the Beta Phi Mu Scholars Series Editorial Board.  The contest winner will be contacted in December 2017.

About the Series

Books published as part of the Scholars Series advance knowledge in the discipline and profession of library and information science. More information about the series can be found here.

Book Proposal Outline

  1. Why is this book needed?  Who will want to read it or use it and why? How is it different from other books on the same topic?
  2.  Imagine that your book is in our next catalog.  Begin with a title that captures the tone and spirit of your book.  What would the catalog description be?  Emphasize special features or sections using bullets where appropriate.
  3.  Identify titles on the same topic published in the last 5-7 years. These will be your book’s competition.  Can you give a sentence or two that would make us want to publish your book even though those other books are available? If there are not books on this topic, why is that?
  4.  Construct a 1-3 paragraph biographical statement and submit a copy of your curriculum vitae including information on your previous experience presenting, writing, teaching, conducting research, or other professional activities relevant to the proposed book. In the biographical statement, emphasize the relevance of your education and experience to this book topic.  Please include information about other articles or books you have published.
  5.  Provide a tentative table of contents that includes page number estimates for each chapter.  Please also include for each chapter an estimated number of photographs, figures, tables, or other graphic elements you think you would want to include in the chapter.
  6.  Present at least one example of your published professional writing. This can be a journal article, a poster abstract, a book chapter, or another sample publication.
  7.  What is your target date for completing the manuscript?

New/Recent Publications: Books

Well, What Came Next?: Selections from ArchivesNext, 2007-2017
Kate Theimer

The Oxford Handbook of Public History
(includes chapters relevant to archives, particularly “Archives for Justice, Archives of Justice” by Trudy Huskamp Peterson)

Curating Research Data Volume 1 and Volume 2
(also available as open access publications)
edited by Lisa R. Johnston

Currents of Archival Thinking, 2nd Edition
Heather MacNeil and Terry Eastwood, Editors

New Directions for Special Collections: An Anthology of Practice
Lynne M. Thomas and Beth M. Whittaker, Editors

The Routledge Companion to Cultural Property
Edited by Jane Anderson and Haidy Geismar

Call for Chapters: Creativity and Person Growth for Librarians/Social Justice and Activism in Libraries

1. Creativity for Success and Personal Growth for Librarians

Book Publisher: McFarland

Vera Gubnitskaia, co-editor, Library Partnerships with Writers and Poets (McFarland, 2017); public, academic librarian, indexer.

Carol Smallwood, co-editor, Gender Studies in the Library (McFarland, 2017);
public library administrator, special, school librarian.

One or two chapters sought from U.S. practicing academic, public, school, special librarians, LIS faculty, library administrators, and board members. Successful proposals will address creative, practical, how-to chapters and case studies depicting a variety of aspects and angles of the library profession as a creative endeavor, within the library walls and beyond. We are looking for ideas that can serve as a foundation, to incorporate into an MLIS course; a Human Resources’ or an organizational plan, as well as a kick-start to personal career goals planning. The focus is on library staff professional and personal growth and development, NOT creative programming and services for patrons.

No previously published, simultaneously submitted material. One, two, or three authors per chapter; each chapter by the same author(s). Compensation: one complimentary copy per 3,000-4,000 word chapter accepted no matter how many co-authors or if one or two chapters; author discount. Contributors are expected to sign a release form in order to be published.

Please e-mail titles of proposed chapter(s) with a concise clear summary by October 30, 2017, with brief bio on each author; place CRE, Your Name, on subject line to gubnitv11@gmail.com

2. Social Justice and Activism in Libraries, Moving Beyond Diversity to Action

Book Publisher: McFarland

Su Epstein, Ph.D., co-editor. Director, Saxton B. Little Free Library, Columbia, Connecticut
Carol Smallwood, co-editor. Public Library Systems, Special, School Librarian, Michigan
Vera Gubnitskaia, co-editor. Reference Librarian, Valencia College, Winter Park, Florida

One or two chapters sought from U.S. practicing academic, public, school, special librarians, LIS faculty, sharing how to take the concept of diversity to the next level. The role librarians can play in social justice and social change, activities supporting tolerance in libraries. Topics could be inclusivity, tolerance, civic engagement, civic education, human rights, social responsibility; in the areas of collection development, programming, professional development, partnerships and outreach—just to name a few.

One author or two or three authors per chapter. Compensation: one complimentary copy per 3,000-4,000 word chapter accepted no matter how many co-authors or if one or two chapters: author discount on more copies. Contributors are expected to sign a release form in order to be published. Public, school and special librarians, LIS instructors are especially encouraged to submit.

Please e-mail titles of proposed chapters each described in a few sentences by October 30, 2017, brief bio on each author; place TOL, LAST NAME on subject line to: epsteinsc@gmail.com

New/Recent Scholarship: Books

Agents of Empire: How E.L. Mitchell’s photographs shaped Australia
By Joanna Sassoon

Participatory Heritage
Edited by Henriette Roued-Cunliffe and Andrea Copeland

Presidential Libraries as Performance: Curating American Character from Herbert Hoover to George W. Bush (Theater in the Americas)
Jodi Kantor

The No-nonsense Guide to Project Management
Barbara Allan

Primary Research and Writing: People, Places, and Spaces, by Lynee Lewis Gaillet, Michelle F. Eble.

Media, Margins, and Civic Agency, by multiple authors. One chapter is “Victims at the Margins? A Comparative Analysis of the Use of Primary Sources in Reporting Personal Tragedy in Norway and the UK.”

Engaging with Records and Archives Histories and Theories, Edited by Fiorella Foscarini, Heather MacNeil, Bonnie Mak, and Gillian Oliver.

The Special Collections Handbook, 2nd Edition, by Alison Cullingford.

The History and Uncertain Future of Handwriting, by Anne Trubeck

Valuing Your Collection: A practical guide for museums, libraries and archives
Freda Matassa

Searching for Color in Black & White: Epistemic Closure, the RIT Archives, and the Colonial Roots of White Invisibility (thesis)
Andrew James

Managing People and Projects in Museums: Strategies that Work
Martha Morris

The Care and Display of Historic Clothing
Karen M. DePauw

Registration Methods for the Small Museum, Fifth Edition
Daniel B. Reibel, revised by Deborah Rose Van Horn