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Call for Papers
Library Research Seminar IV
October 10-12, 2007
Theme: The Library in Its Socio-Cultural Context: Issues for Research and Practice
The Call for Papers closed on February 15, 2007.
It is a longstanding truism that for too long, too much library research has been focused inward, on practices, means, and ends articulated in our own logic and language. Research which accounts for the social and cultural contexts of libraries is much needed and will expand this horizon by more fully integrating the insights and methods of other fields to inform library practices and research, with a view to improving service to users. Libraries do not stand outside of their communities, schools, universities or organizations - and those institutional contexts are themselves powerfully affected by the social and cultural contexts of the societies they inhabit.
The goal of Library Research Seminar IV is to stimulate and share research on libraries and the people who might benefit from them, utilizing many disciplinary perspectives which allow for analysis and insights into libraries in their various contexts. For example, the context of school reform efforts like No Child Left Behind powerfully affects the direction, funding, relationship to curricula of school libraries, and library research should address the fiscal, ethical, or educational implications of this context.
We have accepted papers that critically explore:
- the intellectual contexts that inform library research and practice
- the local, community contexts that shape the development and implementation of library programs and services
- the policy issues and general social forces shaping libraries
- the broad cultural trends affecting libraries
- multi- or interdisciplinary perspectives on the everyday contexts of libraries affecting their collections, services, budgets, user groups, external relations, etc.
Dr. Gloria Leckie
Faculty of Information and Media Studies
The University of Western Ontario
240 North Campus Building
London, ON N6A 5B7