Call for book chapter proposals: Academic Library Orientations

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Call for Book Chapter Proposals

Proposed Title: Planning Academic Library Orientations: Examples and Strategies From Online Tutorials to Scavenger Hunts

Editors: Kylie Bailin, Ben Jahre & Sarah Morris, Lafayette College

Publisher: Chandos, Elsevier

Proposal submission deadline: January 9, 2017
The editors for this book are seeking proposals for case studies of library orientations. We are interested in orientation tactics from universities and colleges of all sizes and shapes, with an expectation that the book will be international in scope. Library orientations vary greatly in shape and form depending on the size of the institution, whether the orientation is mandatory for students, and the orientation schedule. Some institutions plan elaborate games or scavenger hunts, others offer drop in sessions or library tours, while some offer an online orientation.
This book will explore the ways in which libraries reach out to incoming students through their varied library orientations. It will highlight different and innovative approaches for constructing library orientations. Contributors should not shy away from submitting proposals for programs that did not meet expected or desired outcomes. Each chapter will include a section on why this approach was successful or not as this will help guide readers to the one that will fit their institution the best.

Contributors should choose one of the topic headings below, which covers the bulk of their experience. Good submissions will likely overlap and contain elements from the other headings. Proposals are welcome in any of these areas, or in other categories related to library orientations.

Topic headings:
•       Tours/Presentations
•       Games
•       Technology
•       Targeting Specific Audiences
•       Partnerships
•       Marketing/Promotion
•       Assessment
Instructions for Proposal Authors
Proposals should be submitted via email as a PDF or Microsoft Word file attachment, and should include:
  1. Author name(s)
  2. Institutional affiliation(s) and position title(s)
  3. Author(s)’ previous writing and publishing history, if any
  4. Proposed title of chapter and chapter heading (chosen from above list)
  5. Summary of the proposed chapter (250-300 words)
Contributors will be notified by February 20, 2017.
Rough draft chapters are due by April 1, 2017 and full chapters are due July 1, 2017 and will range from 2,000-3,000 words.
Proposed chapters should be unique to this publication – no materials that were previously published or simultaneously submitted to another publication.

Proposals should be emailed to:



Kylie Bailin
Director of Outreach & Access Services
Skillman Library, Room 126
Lafayette College
Easton, PA 18042