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Reminder: Call for Chapters: Everyday Evidence-Based Practice in the Academic Library: Case Studies and Reflections

  • 1.  Reminder: Call for Chapters: Everyday Evidence-Based Practice in the Academic Library: Case Studies and Reflections

    Posted Aug 10, 2021 03:02 PM

    Call for Chapters: Everyday Evidence-Based Practice in the Academic Library: Case Studies and Reflections

    Website: https://sites.google.com/rams.colostate.edu/everydayevidencebook/about-the-book 

    Call for Chapters: https://sites.google.com/rams.colostate.edu/everydayevidencebook/call-for-chapters 

    We are excited to invite chapter proposals for this edited collection to be published by ACRL Press with an anticipated publication date of Fall 2023.

    About the book

    Evidence-based practice (EBP) is about asking questions and collecting data to help answer these questions. This work can be complex, for example, a research project with rigorous and time-intensive methods. But it can also look like ongoing assessment, data collection, or simply conversations with colleagues. These types of information can also help us answer questions. It can - and should - be applied to the day-to-day practice of academic librarians. This edited volume will illustrate the ways in which academic librarians use evidence in their everyday practice. It will build on Denise Koufogiannakis and Alison Brettle's evidence-based library and information practice (EBLIP) framework, and present real-world scenarios in which evidence-based approaches are used for decision-making. 

    Call for Chapters

    This edited volume will illustrate the ways in which academic librarians use evidence in their everyday practice, to make decisions and solve problems. Chapters will present real-world scenarios in which evidence-based approaches are used. Cases will describe the setting, methods, outcomes, and lessons learned/recommendations. 

    Chapters will be divided by functional areas including teaching and learning, collections and acquisitions, access services, marketing and outreach, research support, and leadership and management. Potential chapter topics may include, but are not limited to: 

    • collection development and strategy
    • open education resources and/or open access
    • scholarly communications
    • assessment
    • space planning
    • special collections
    • marketing, outreach, and engagement
    • information literacy instruction
    • diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice initiatives
    • library leadership
    • user services
    • research services
    • acquisitions, metadata, and cataloging

    If you have experience using evidence-based methods for decision making in academic libraries, please consider submitting a proposal! The editors encourage proposals by authors from underrepresented groups, and/or authors from a variety of institution types (e.g., community colleges, HBCUs, tribal colleges). First-time authors are also encouraged to submit; the editors will provide guidance and mentorship throughout the publication process.

    Submission Procedure

    The proposal should include author details, working title, and chapter description (up to 500 words). The description should include:

    • question/problem
    • EBP framework applied (e.g., PICO, Koufogiannakis & Brettle's framework)
    • evidence gathered
    • project outcomes
    • lessons learned/recommendations.

    Projects in process should be noted, and do not need to include outcomes or lessons learned/recommendations. Chapters must not be previously published or simultaneously submitted elsewhere. For more information, including a sample proposal, please see the website: https://sites.google.com/rams.colostate.edu/everydayevidencebook/call-for-chapters

    Submit your proposal by September 1, 2021.

    [Meggan] [Houlihan]
    [Associate Academic Librarian for the Arts, Coordinator of Library Instruction and Student Programs]
    [New York University Abu Dhabi]