Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Librarians as Community Partners: Submission Call

Want to publish? Check this invitation, posted to various lists:

Seeking Submissions from Practicing Librarians (U.S. and Canada) for Librarians as Community Partners: An Outreach Handbook (publisher: American Library Association).

Foreword: Kathy Barco, READiscover New Mexico: A Tri-Lingual Adventure in Literacy (Sunstone Press, 2007); children's librarian, Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Public Library.

Afterword: Edith Campbell, Media Director, Arlington High School, Indianapolis.
Indiana Libraries, Viewpoints; http://campbele.wordpress.com

Articles by practicing academic, public, school, special librarians sharing their experiences on how U.S. librarians are not tied to computers inside libraries: how librarians partner, outreach, and market libraries in their communities. Librarians with ethnic backgrounds serving diverse cultures are encouraged.

No previously published, simultaneously submitted, co-authored material. Two articles sharing the range of your outreach experiences, 1900-2100 words total; for example, one article could be 1000 words, another 900-1100 words on another topic. If you have only one outreach experience, please submit it but contributors with two will receive priority since it provides readers more diversity.

Possible topics: workshops at senior centers, story hours at community swimming pools, innovative literacy outreach, partnering with artists and writers, creative youth participation, effective advocacy with elected officials, diversity partnerships.

Editor Carol Smallwood, MLS, has written, co-authored, edited 19 books for Scarecrow, Libraries Unlimited, Peter Lang, and others. Her work has appeared in English Journal, Clackamas Literary Review, The Detroit News, and several others including anthologies. Pudding House Publications published her 2008 chapbook, a recent anthology is

The deadline for current cycle of completed submissions is October 30, 2008.
Contributor’s sign an ALA Writer Agreement before publication. Compensation:
a complimentary copy, discount on additional copies,

Please send 3 topic proposals; a 65-70 word bio beginning with your library of employment, title, highlights of your community library outreach activities, awards, and related professional contributions. Place PARTNERS/your name on the subject line to: smallwood@tm.net

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