[Asis-l] CFP: Library Trends -- Digital Knowledge
marty at fsu.edu
Thu Sep 3 10:54:09 EDT 2009
CALL FOR PAPERS -- LIBRARY TRENDS
The editors of Library Trends are pleased to announce plans for a
special issue titled "Involving Users in the Co-Construction of
Digital Knowledge in Libraries, Archives, and Museums."
This special issue will be guest edited by Drs. Paul F. Marty and
Michelle M. Kazmer, College of Communication and Information, Florida
State University, with Dr. Corinne Jorgensen (Florida State
University), Katherine Burton Jones (Harvard Divinity School), and
Richard J. Urban (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).
Many libraries, archives, and museums provide their users with social
computing environments that include the ability to tag collections,
annotate objects, and otherwise contribute their thoughts to the
knowledge base of the institution. Information professionals and users
have responded to the transition to a web 2.0 world of user-created
content by developing open source tools to coordinate these activities
and researching the best ways to involve users in the co-creation of
This rapid influx of new technologies and new methods of interacting
with users has come at a time when libraries, archives, and museums
still struggle to share data across their own institutions, let alone
between different types of institutions. Information professionals in
libraries, archives, and museums had barely begun to make progress
developing crosswalks and data interoperability standards when, as
social computing became the norm on the web, providing the ability for
users to manipulate data changed from a cool toy to a basic
expectation. Moving forward -- and keeping pace with user expectations
-- requires the coordination of many different users (in all their
variety) as they contribute, participate, shape, and create all types
of data in all types of contexts.
We need to consider what social computing really means for the future
of libraries, archives, and museums, and think carefully about the
future trends and long-term implications of involving users in the co-
construction of knowledge online. It is important to have broad-based
discussions about what happens when users are involved in shaping and
directing and guiding the development of online libraries, archives,
and museums and their information resources.
For this issue of Library Trends, therefore, we seek authors who can
step back and think broadly about those issues that are raised when we
bring users into the mix in various ways and at various points in the
data/information/knowledge life-cycle. We are interested in receiving
high-level theory pieces, supported by research data of course, but
with a focus on the long-term trends involved and their implications
for libraries, archives, and museums. In particular, we are looking
for papers that explore the future trends and long-term implications
of the many different ways in which information professionals in
libraries, archives, and museums have, can, and should involve their
users in the co-construction of digital knowledge based on their
Sample questions include, but are certainly not limited to:
* How are libraries, archives, and museums implementing user-
contributed data / descriptions of artifacts, objects, or collections
on their websites? What are the long-term implications of involving
users in the co-description, co-cataloguing of digital knowledge?
* How are libraries, archives, and museums encouraging users to create
online collections of personal favorites or similar items on their
websites? What are the long-term implications of involving users in
the co-creation, co-curation of digital knowledge?
* How are libraries, archives, and museums encouraging users to
create / structure their own online environments, designing
personalized websites or portals specifically suited to individual
needs? What are the implications of involving users in the design and
structuring of online interfaces for the development and presentation
of digital knowledge?
* How is the education of library, archives, and museum practitioners
(and in particular the increase in online and hybrid learning
technologies) influencing the ways practitioners subsequently
incorporate technology into their user service environments in
libraries, archives, and museums?
* Optional Abstract: December 1, 2009 (see below)
* Submission Deadline: March 1, 2010
* Review Decisions: May 15, 2010 (all submissions will be peer-
* Final Versions Due: July 15, 2010
* Publication: Early 2011
All submissions should be emailed directly to Paul Marty at marty at fsu.edu
or Michelle Kazmer at mkazmer at fsu.edu.
For formatting instructions, please see the Library Trends Author
Guidelines available here:
If you wish, you may submit an optional abstract (by email to Paul
Marty at marty at fsu.edu or Michelle Kazmer at mkazmer at fsu.edu) for
feedback by December 1, 2009.
If you have any questions about the special issue, please contact Paul
Marty at marty at fsu.edu or Michelle Kazmer at mkazmer at fsu.edu.
For more information about Library Trends, please see: http://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/library_trends/
A PDF version of this CFP is available at: http://marty.ci.fsu.edu/misc/cfp_librarytrends.pdf
Paul F. Marty, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, School of Library and Information Studies
College of Communication and Information, Florida State University
240 Louis Shores Building, Tallahassee, FL 32306-2100
http://marty.ci.fsu.edu | marty at fsu.edu
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