Thursday, December 4, 2008

Call for Book Chapters: Librarians as Community Partners

Share your knowledge and experiences re outreach! See the message below, received from Carol Smallwood [] on Wednesday 3 Dec 2008:

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;

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 for providing 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, advocacy with local elected officials, diversity partnerships, archivists working with public schools.

Editor Carol Smallwood, MLS, has written, co-authored, edited 18 books for Scarecrow, Libraries Unlimited, Peter Lang, and others. Her work has appeared in English Journal, The Writer's Chronicle, 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 January 15, 2009. Contributor's sign an ALA Writer Agreement before publication. Compensation: a complimentary copy, discount on additional copies.

Please send 3 topic proposals/titles; 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:

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