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Call for Book Chapter Proposals
Title: Transforming technical services through training and development
Publisher: ALA Editions
Intended audience: technical services managers, coordinators of library staff training programs, and trainers
Proposal submission deadline: March 30, 2021
Technical services departments are increasingly expected to do more with less, whether because of shrinking budgets, staff turnover, a lack of visibility, or insufficient understanding of their work on the part of administrators. Today's next gen catalogs, changing cataloging rules, and diverse formats and delivery models demand that technical services professionals and paraprofessionals keep up with evolving best practices for the work they do. Finding a balance between meeting service demands and developing staff knowledge and skills is challenging, just as it is challenging to develop training programs and find experienced trainers and motivate staff to learn new skills. In this way, libraries are not unlike other organizations trying to stay effective, innovative, responsive and competitive in changing times. Like these organizations, libraries can adopt methods for developing a learning culture, incorporating formal and informal staff development into the everyday work of their employees, and using learning to continuously improve service delivery.
This book will examine training and development methods from instructional design, Lean management, Training Within Industry (TWI) and other models, and it will offer practical tools and case studies to help technical services managers to create training materials, organize and assess training programs and motivate staff to engage in learning.
This book is expected to be separated into two broad sections.
Section 1 Learning theory and its application to technical services training
Section 2 Case studies of technical services training projects or programs
Proposals should be submitted through this online form - https://forms.gle/z94SU5hWeKHBX4AP6 and should include
Proposal submission deadline - March 30, 2021
Authors of selected proposals will be notified by April 30, 2021
Draft full chapters are expected by July 30, 2021
Editor feedback to authors by September 15, 2021
Author final revisions to chapters due November 15, 2021
Full chapter word counts will range from 2,500-4000 words.
Proposed chapters should be unique to this publication – no materials that were previously published or simultaneously submitted to another publication.
If you have any questions about the book or proposal submission process, feel free to contact Sofia Slutskaya at email@example.com or Marlee Givens firstname.lastname@example.org
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