Monday, November 23, 2009

CFP - Library Trends

This month Library Trends will publish a special issue entitled "Workforce Issues in Library and Information Science." Due to the increasing interest in succession planning, recruitment, and retention in this time of demographic change, the editors of Library Trends are pleased to announce plans for a second special issue to further explore the topic. This special issue will be guest edited by Drs. Joanne Gard Marshall and Susan Rathbun-Grubb (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Institute on Aging and UNC School of Information and Library Science) and Dr. Deborah Barreau, UNC School of Information and Library Science.

For this issue of Library Trends, we are looking for papers that explore workforce issues and concerns and/or report the results of research in these areas:

* Recruitment, career-tracking, retention, and retirement of information professionals

* Increasing diversity in information organizations and LIS programs; retention and career development of ethnic minorities

* The unique workforce issues particular to specific types of information settings: academic, public, special, and school libraries, archives and museums, information services and technology companies, etc.

* The ways in which LIS educators or professional associations are assessing current and future workforce needs and responding through program change and development and continuing education offerings

* Collaborations between LIS educators and practitioners in planning for and responding to information workforce needs.

* Responses of library and information agency administrators to the need for succession planning and the continuance of leadership in their organizations

* Description and evaluation of strategies for organizational retention and intra-organizational career development


* Abstract for proposed submission: December 4, 2009

* Submission Deadline: March 1, 2010

* Review Decisions: April 1, 2010 (all submissions will be peer-reviewed)

* Final Versions Due: April 15, 2010

* Publication: Late 2010


All abstracts for proposed submissions should be emailed directly to Susan Rathbun-Grubb at by December 4, 2009.

For formatting instructions, please see the Library Trends Author Guidelines available here:

If you have any questions about the special issue, please contact Joanne Gard Marshall at or Susan Rathbun-Grubb at or Deborah Barreau at

For more information about Library Trends, please see: