New Review of Academic Librarianship Call for Papers: Special Issue

Positioning the academic library within the institution: structures and challenges

New Review of Academic Librarianship

An opportunity has arisen to submit your research to an upcoming special issue of New Review of Academic Librarianship. Listed across a number of key citation and abstraction indices, now is a particularly exciting time to publish within this well-established, highly-regarded journal.

Context for the special issue

The higher education environment is constantly changing. Sector-wide or institutional priorities can shift very quickly and consequently, the university library needs to be able to adapt to ensure that it is strategically-positioned or aligned within the institution.

Therefore, the themed issue for 2018 will be 'Positioning the academic library within the institution'. This issue will cover a wide range of sub-topics such as institutional organisational structures, emerging responsibilities and new ways of working, leading multidisciplinary teams and managing different professional identities.

Details of the special issue

We are now seeking abstracts which focus on these themes, in order to commission full articles for the special issue. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • The developing strategic roles and responsibilities of library services
  • Visibility of the library within converged or super-converged services
  • Strategic drivers for organisational change
  • Developing new roles and teams in order to meet the strategic demands of the institution (e.g.   Research Support, TEF, Digital Archives)
  • Relationship management and new ways of working
  • Function based organisational structures
  • Leading and managing multi-disciplinary teams within the library
  • Protecting and developing professional identities within hybrid teams

In addition to abstracts, we are also seeking an author to provide a literature review around the theme.

The guest editor for the 2018 themed issue will be Leo Appleton, Director of Library Services at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Why you should submit

New Review of Academic Librarianship is a well-established and internationally-cited publication. Listed across a wide number of indices such as EBSCOhost, SCOPUS, and ProQuest, authors can be assured that research published within this journal is likely to be widely read across and beyond its scholarly field.

As such, this call represents an opportunity for authors to inspire discussion and inform industry decisions concerning the changing ways libraries and information services support academic communities, both now and into the future.

How to submit

Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words describing what your paper will include to guest editor Leo Appleton ( by the 13th August 2017

All authors should include their name, institutional address, telephone number, and email address with their submission.

Authors will be notified by the end of September as to whether their abstract will be taken forward to a full paper.

If you would like to discuss your ideas for a paper before submitting an abstract, please contact the guest editor.

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