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Call for papers: COVID-19 pandemic, libraries, and privacy concerns

  • 1.  Call for papers: COVID-19 pandemic, libraries, and privacy concerns

    Posted Aug 12, 2021 02:17 PM

    Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy

    Special Call for Papers:

    The COVID-19 Pandemic, Libraries, and Privacy Concerns

    Submissions Due: December 31, 2021




    The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way that many libraries do business, straining the abilities of libraries and librarians to provide access to resources and information, while maintaining ethical privacy standards. When the pandemic began, most libraries had to shut their doors, but they were dedicated to providing services to their patrons in any manner they could.

    With this special issue of the Journal of Intellectual Freedom & Privacy, we seek contributions that explore issues of privacy in various types of libraries, stemming from new and modified services during the COVID-19 pandemic and, especially, the privacy implications for future library work.

    Suggested Topics Include:

    • Protecting patron privacy in the virtual setting
    • The library's role in educating about digital privacy
    • Contact-tracing and patron privacy
    • Library employee privacy
    • How to evaluate library technology for privacy and security risks
    • Exposed problems with existing services
    • Patron privacy and online learning
    • Equality of access during the pandemic
    • Freedom of speech versus misinformation in the context of COVID19

    The Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy publishes two kinds of articles:

    Features: Original research articles submitted for peer review. Submissions should be 4,000-8,000 words (references included), formatted in Chicago Style (author-date), and anonymized for double-blind peer review.

    Commentaries: Shorter essays, think pieces, or general commentary on topical issues, controversies and emerging questions for the field. Commentaries are typically 500–1000 words (references included) and formatted in Chicago Style (author-date). Commentaries will be reviewed by the editorial staff.

    Submission details:
    Submissions due: December 31, 2021
    Deadline for decisions: March 05, 2022
    Publication of special issue: Spring 2022

    To submit, follow Journal of Intellectual Freedom & Privacy guidelines, using the "SUBMISSIONS" button at the top right of the home page. Please note "SPECIAL ISSUE SUBMISSION: COVID-19" in the "comments to the editor" section during submission. Questions should be addressed to the editor, Shannon M. Oltmann (shannon.oltmann@uky.edu).


    Shannon Oltmann
    Associate Professor
    School of Information Science, University of Kentucky