Library Voices aims to capture stories from academic librarians around the world, focusing on what their library roles entail, how they are changing, and to demonstrate the positive and considerable contribution libraries are making to the research community, particularly those in developing regions. This output will primarily be a collection of short videos, but will also include audio recordings, images, and text-based accounts.
Below are further details on how to go about sending us your story. We hope this will provide some inspiration for your story. If you have any questions about taking part, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
What should my story include?
Please consider the following questions when thinking about the story you would like to tell. What do you think someone in another region could learn about how you work in your library? What would they find interesting, or surprising?
1. What does a typical day look like for you in your library? Which task keeps you busiest?
2. How do you tend to interact with your library users? Do you undertake any work to engage with users outside of the physical library space?
3. Do you have an online presence at all for your library and your library collection?
4. How do you monitor usage of your collection?
5. Would you say your role as a librarian is changing? If so, how?
You might like to focus on answering just one of these questions, or share a more general account of the everyday work undertaken in your library – it’s entirely up to you!
Options for submitting your story
Videos should be no more than 5 minutes in length. Please clearly introduce yourself, your role, and the library you work in at the beginning of your recording.
- A recording on a mobile device or phone, such as an iPad, iPhone, or Galaxy is of a sufficient quality.
- Videos should be provided in one of the following formats: .mp4, .mov, .mpg
- Remember to make your recording holding your device in the landscape position (sideways) rather than portrait (upright)
- Think about the setting: do you want to be in a static position, or would you like the guide the viewer around your library?
- Think about location: aim to record the video in a location that is relevant to the subject matter, ideally in the library environment.
- Think about framing: distance from the camera and positioning in the frame
- Think about background and costume: Try not to have a mess in the background or wear unprofessional/stripy clothing
- Think about lighting: Lighting directly onto the speaker, not behind or from the side
- Think about the audio: Quiet room to minimise background noise; close enough to the camera to pick up the audio clearly if the microphone is built into the camera
Audio recordings should be no longer than 5 minutes in length. Please clearly introduce yourself, your role, and the library you work in at the beginning of your recording.
- A recording via a mobile device is of sufficient quality
- Recordings should be provided in the following file formats: .mp3, .wav
- Think about capturing clear audio: Quiet room to minimise background noise; close enough to the device to pick up the audio clearly if the microphone is built in
Submitting a video or audio recording
Videos and audio recordings should be submitted using ZendTo, a file transfer website hosted by Taylor & Francis Group, which allows you to transfer files of up to 2GB internationally. The Taylor & Francis Communications team can guide you through this process. We require you to sign a Recording Rights Agreement before we can publish your video. The Taylor & Francis Communications team will arrange for this to be forwarded on to you. Please sign the agreement and post/email it back as soon as possible, as without it we are unable to host your video.
Written accounts should be no more than 300 words in extent. They should be accompanied by an image of yourself and the library you work in. These can simply be emailed to email@example.com
Please note: all submissions to Library Voices will be assessed for editorial suitability and quality. Submissions which do not meet these criteria will not be published online.
How your Library Voices story will be used
Once accepted, we will post your recording or account on the Taylor & Francis website so that others around the world can gain an insight into your working practices and learn more about issues affecting libraries in your region. We aim to build this collection over time so that experiences and knowledge can easily be shared amongst the international library community.