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Call for papers: The COVID-19 Pandemic, Libraries, and Privacy Concerns

  • 1.  Call for papers: The COVID-19 Pandemic, Libraries, and Privacy Concerns

    Posted Sep 20, 2021 09:56 AM
    The Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy announces a special call for papers focusing on the COVID-19 pandemic, libraries, and privacy concerns:

    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 (

    Please share this call widely. 

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