Library technology: innovating technologies, services and practices
Technology is ubiquitous and ever evolving in academic libraries ranging from the technology integrated in the physical library space to online presences that connect users to library resources. Keeping up with the constant development to library technology services and practices can be a challenge for any library—there could be financial, space, or staffing constraints in addition to other potential detractors. However, there are also ample opportunities to excel in specific areas of library technology in order to better serve our library users in their research and knowledge creation journey. Academic libraries can share their innovative implementation and management of technologies or technology related services and practices. These conversations drive the future of library technology and technology practices. It all starts with a spark of inspiration.
A Call for Proposals
College & Undergraduate Libraries, a peer-reviewed journal published by Taylor & Francis, invites proposals for a special issue focusing on innovative technologies, technology services and practices in academic libraries. Library technology is broadly defined to be inclusive of the various types of technologies academic libraries support. Potential submissions include research studies, case studies, best practices, or position papers involving:
- Immersive research or programs such as augmented reality or virtual reality
- Makerspaces or creation studios
- Enhancing library space with technology
- Sustainability and library technology
- Assessing library technology services using UX practices
- Evaluating library technology department workflows or functionality
- Securing library technology
- Privacy and ethics with library technology or library technology services
- Internet of Things in an academic library
- Designing academic library websites or technology services
- Using analytics to improve a library service or online presence
- Improving access to library resources via discovery services or library management systems
- Exploring alternative means of authentication or improving current authentication systems
- Incorporating machine learning or library data projects
- Adding technology into library instruction or using innovative technology to teach remote learners
- Teaching technology in an academic library
- Intentionally designing learning spaces with technology
- Using Git or other code repositories for library technology management
- Strategic planning of technology services
- Accessibility of library technologies
- Increasing inclusion using technology
- Innovative or inspiring library technology projects/programs
- Technology trends outside the library we should be watching
Submissions may address opportunities, challenges, and criticism in any of these areas. Topics not listed in these themes may also be considered.
This special issue is set to be published in June 2020.
Proposals should include a title, an abstract (500 words maximum), keywords describing the article (6 keywords max), and author(s) contact information.
Please submit article proposals via email to Tabatha Farney (guest editor) at firstname.lastname@example.org by September 30th, 2019.
Final manuscripts are due by February 15, 2020.
Feel free to contact Tabatha with any questions that you may have: email@example.com