Call for Papers!

TITLE: Focus on Educating for Sustainability: Toolkit for Academic Libraries

EDITOR: Maria A. Jankowska

PUBLISHER: Library Juice Press

BOOK ABSTRACT: In the last ten years literature on greening libraries has expanded considerably. Furthermore, by signing the Presidents’ Climate Commitment, university presidents and chancellors committed their institutions to finding new solutions to environmental, economic, and social issues through their teaching, research, and service operations. Since 2007, higher education has observed exponential growth of programs integrating sustainability literacy into teaching and research. Academic libraries must respond to this increasing focus on educating for sustainability and go beyond greening libraries to become active partners in advancing education and research for sustainability.

OBJECTIVE OF THE BOOK: This edited collection strives to capture the current status and future direction of libraries’ commitment to advance the focus of educating for sustainability. It will serve as a toolkit offering a wide range of best practices, case studies, and activities ready for implementation within academic libraries.

POSSIBLE TOPICS: With this call, the editor invites articles, essays, and case studies that describe specific activities undertaken by academic libraries or visions for future activities that support university sustainability research and teaching. Such activities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

· Integrating sustainability literacy into bibliographic instruction and university courses

· Selecting materials in support of sustainability-related curriculum

· Creating effective research guides on sustainability topics related to social equity, economic practicality, and the environment

· Promoting open access content resources related to sustainability

· Partnering on university sustainability curriculum design and collaborative teaching

· Participating in university efforts to educate for sustainability across disciplines

· Supporting the university’s sustainability research, teaching, and outreach

TARGET AUDIENCES: The editor believes this book will be of interest to a large variety of audiences including the following:

· Librarians seeking inspiration for ways to combine their expertise with their passion for sustainability

· Library managers interested in leveraging and highlighting library services that support their institution’s focus on sustainability

· Teaching faculty collaborating with libraries on projects related to sustainability

· University administrators interested in the strategic role of libraries in educating for sustainability

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Authors are invited to submit abstracts and proposals of 300-500 words to educatingforsustain@gmail.com by January 15, 2013. Notifications will be sent by February 26, 2013. A first draft ranging from 1,500-7,000 words will be due by April 2, and a final manuscript will be due by June 25, 2013.

Submitted manuscripts must not have been published previously or simultaneously submitted elsewhere. Following review, articles will be returned via e-mail for revision before final acceptance. All materials are edited as necessary for clarity. Submissions should include an abstract of no more than 150 words (highlighting the scope, methodology, and conclusions of the paper) at the beginning of each manuscript. Authors should follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed. Examples are available here. (Research and Documentation Online by Diane Hacker).

Submission of proposals should include:

  • Name of author
  • Title
  • Affiliation
  • Contact information
  • 300-500 word abstract

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Abstract submission: January 15, 2013
  • Notification of abstract acceptance: February 26, 2013
  • Full chapter submission: April 2, 2013
  • Communication of review results to authors: May 2, 2013
  • Final chapter submission: June25, 2013
  • Estimated publication date: 2013
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