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Special Issue Call for Papers: Library and Information Research (LIR): Special issue on Public Libraries

The journal Library and Information Research (LIR) is seeking papers for a special issue on public libraries, both in the UK and worldwide to be published in April/May 2014. Papers may be either factual reports or peer-reviewed articles and submission details are given below. The final date for submission of papers is Friday 17th January 2014. Please address any queries and expressions of interest to the Guest editor for this issue, Dr John Crawford

The editorial theme is how public libraries are meeting the challenges of changing attitudes to information and library services and providing services appropriately. Specific topics might include:

  • accounts of positive service innovations such as delivering specialised information services (e.g. health or business information), meeting the needs of minority communities, or providing and using new technologies to deliver services;
  • areas of controversy such as volunteering, declining numbers of public libraries in the UK and navigating political issues;
  • opportunities for cross-sectoral library collaboration, for example between public and academic libraries.
Library and Information Research is the journal of the UK's Library and Information Research Group, but contributions are welcome from practitioners, researchers or others working in fields relating to public libraries in any country.

The journal welcomes:

1. Rigorously written reports describing the development of good practice in an institution or institutions which will be of value to people working in similar areas. These will be subject to referee. Although not of the same standard as research articles report articles should have the following components:
  • An introduction setting out the background to the study and the reasons for undertaking it
  • A short review of the wider context of the study taking account of similar work elsewhere and some reference to relevant published work. Appropriate bibliographical citations should be provided
  • A description of the activity
  • Conclusions to be drawn from the study
  • How the findings relate to other similar work
  • Any recommendations for further action and how the study might inform similar work
2. Research articles, typically of between 2000 and 7000 words, which will be peer reviewed.

Timescales are below
  • Friday 17 January 2014 - submission deadline
  • Mid January to mid April 2014 - reviewing and revision process
  • April/ May 2013 - target date for publication
Information for authors

To find out about writing for Library and Information Research please see the 'Information for Authors', available from the right hand menu bar on the journal home page:

Submitting a paper to Library and Information Research

To submit a paper to Library and Information Research you will first need to register with the journal using the ‘Register’ link at the top of the journal’s home page. Please be sure to register both as a reader and an author (there are check boxes for this on the registration page). Once you have registered you may log in to the journal. You should navigate to the Author Guidelines (via ‘Information for authors’ as above) and download the template for articles (from the link under ‘Manuscript preparation’). When you are ready to submit you should go to your User Home screen and select 'Author'. This will offer you the option to 'Click here to start the submission process'. You will then be taken step by step through the submission process. If you have any difficulty with submitting your work please contact the Library and Information Research Editor at

Best wishes

Dr. John Crawford, BA, MA, PhD, FCLIP, FSA (Scot),
Independent Libraries Professional,
Chair, Information Skills for a 21st Century Scotland,
And Trustee, Leadhills Heritage Trust,
Home address
21 Polbae Crescent,
G76 0LW


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Special Issue Call for Papers: New Review of Academic Librarianship:"Action Research and the Academic Library Practitioner: Theories and Applications"

New Review of Academic Librarianship is an international journal that publishes reviews, research, critiques and exemplar case studies on substantive topics relevant to those providing library and information services to academic communities.

The themed issue for 2014 will be "Action Research and the Academic Library Practitioner: Theories and Applications" and will appear in July 2014. The journal is very fortunate to have Dr. Renée N. Jefferson as Guest Editor.

The intention will be to publish papers from academic library practitioners that describe action research conducted to improve policies, procedures, or practices within their libraries. Examples include:

  • A reference librarian is planning to develop a technology policy.  A survey could be developed and distributed to reference librarians and instructional technology staff.  The data collected would be used to develop the technology policy. 
  • An instruction librarian is planning to compare two instructional strategies.  The strategies could be used with the same class on different occasions or with two different classes.  Data could be collected using focus group interviews.  The information obtained would be used to improve instructional practices. 
People are therefore asked to submit a summary of no more than 500 words describing what their paper will include (e.g., topic, participants, data collection instrument, and key results).  Include the following information for all authors: name, institutional address, telephone number, and email address.  Dr. Jefferson and Dr. Graham Walton will use these summaries to decide which should be developed as full papers. People will be notified by the 1st November 2013 whether their summary has been accepted or not to be taken forward as a full paper.

Please submit your summary by e-mail to Dr. Jefferson ( by Monday 30th September 2013. The expectation is that the chosen papers will be submitted by mid-January 2014 when they will be peer reviewed.

For more information, visit:
3 July 2013:

Do you consider yourself to be ‘research active’?  Do you ever conduct large or small scale research projects with a view to informing your practice?

If so, Miggie Pickton would really appreciate your help as she has been asked by ALISS to present a paper on the topic of ‘Supporting research by becoming a researcher’ at their forthcoming summer conference. She is looking to collect a little supporting evidence. Miggie says that

 "I know that in theory there are a number of ways in which being a practitioner researcher can help a librarian in their day job (for example, it gives you an increased understanding of the research process; familiarity with common research tools; empathy with researchers; enhanced credibility among researchers; opportunities for working collaboratively etc) – and those are just the potential benefits that can accrue from the process of doing research.  The benefits arising from having that new knowledge to inform your practice are something else again. But what I’d really like to know is whether folk have realised any of these benefits.  And how?

So if you have ever conducted a practitioner research project and you’d be willing to tell me about how being a researcher yourself has helped (or hindered) your ability to do your day job then I’d be very grateful." 

Miggie Pickton is the Research Support Librarian, Library and Learning Services, University of Northampton. Tel: 01604 892245

email: website: blog: Research Support Hub