Chapter Proposals: Finding Success on the Job Hunt and in Your First Job

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“A reminder that the deadline for chapter proposals is April 15.

Working title: The Future Academic Librarian’s Toolkit: Finding Success on the Job Hunt and in Your First Job

Publisher: ACRL Press

Editor: Megan Hodge

Chapter proposals are invited for The Future Academic Librarian’s Toolkit, a book collecting practical strategies on landing a first academic librarian position and building and enhancing one’s professional reputation.

Proposals are sought for two types of chapters:

  • Practical, prescriptive strategies for the following topics (final length: 6,000-10,000 words):

    • Making yourself marketable before and during the job search: obtaining relevant experience, publishing, and getting involved professionally as a student or other non-professional

    • Troubleshooting the job search: overcoming barriers such as geographic immobility; transitioning from paraprofessional, non-library, or non-academic work; and learning from rejections

    • Advocating for your ideas: wielding influence in positions without authority and gaining administrative buy-in for ideas

    • Networking and conferences: saving money on conference attendance, networking as an introvert, and talking to vendors

    • Getting started in scholarship: identifying gaps in the literature and motivational strategies for overcoming writer’s block, finding CFPs, and turning presentations into publications

  • Overviews of positions in the following areas, including necessary skills/credentials and day-in-the-life scenarios (final length: 1000-2000 words each):

    • Scholarly communications

    • Special collections/archives

    • Preservation

    • Research data management

    • Resource delivery/interlibrary loan

Submission Procedure

Proposals should be submitted as a single email attachment to No previously published or simultaneously submitted material, please.

Proposals should include:

  • Author name(s), institutional affiliation(s), job title(s)

  • Author(s)’ previous writing and publishing history

  • Writing sample (optional)

  • Outline of proposed chapter

Important dates:

Proposals due: April 15, 2017

Authors notified and sent chapter guidelines: May 30, 2017

Full chapters due: August 30, 2017

Final revised chapters due: December 30, 2017

For additional information, contact the editor:

Megan Hodge, Teaching & Learning Librarian, Virginia Commonwealth University,”