ACRL Publications in Librarianship Call for Book Proposals

The Association of College and Research Libraries invites proposals for monographs and collections of essays that address significant issues facing our profession and its role in higher education.

ACRL Publications in Librarianship (PIL) is a series of monographic and edited volumes that has reported on scholarly thinking in academic and research librarianship since 1951. The series encompasses single-authored or co-authored monographs as well as edited volumes, and books are peer reviewed and indexed. Books in this series typically run 200 to 300 pages, and many of them have grown out of discussions and conversations among colleagues, or from conference programs, resulting in multiple authors contributing to one book. While it currently has a number of projects under consideration, the PIL Editorial Board is always interested in proposals and manuscripts. Below is a short sampling of potentially significant topics. Each one is open to broad interpretation.

  • Beyond diversity to inclusion: how libraries can provide a diverse workforce with a civil, productive, and equitable workplace
  • Adopting best practices from other professions and disciplines, including the corporate world
  • Support for big data as both a resource and a service
  • Convergence of collection development and scholarly communication
  • Intersections and future strategic collaborations, including GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, and Art Museums)
  • Cloud/cyber infrastructure for student and research support
  • Libraries as host of enterprise systems
  • Planning and assessing user experience
  • Heat mapping, scatter plotting, and other data visualization for assessment and evaluation of library services
  • Negotiation of licenses for library collection content, including issues of law, diversity and inclusion in licensing
  • Facilities, spaces and furniture: creating an environment to support creativity and innovation; what can academic libraries learn from both the corporate world and from public libraries regarding facilities and spaces?
  • New trends in copyright, permissions and fair use, especially as applied to students’ work
  • Special collections, archives and other unique collections, and academic libraries’ role in both preservation and promotion of cultural heritage

This list is merely suggestive—contemporary academic librarianship involves an indefinitely large range of significant topics. The Editorial Board will consider any topic of broad interest that demonstrate commitment to PIL’s core values, especially thorough scholarship and the combination of theory and practice for all types of academic libraries. Recent works in the series include Applying Library Values to Emerging Technology: Decision-Making in the Age of Open Access, Maker Spaces, and the Ever-Changing Library and Framing Information Literacy: Teaching Grounded in Theory, Pedagogy, and Practice.

This series has fairly short turnaround times for manuscript reviews and for getting successful proposals to press. It pays attention to the marketing of titles. Its books have a large automatic audience: Libraries have blanket ACRL acquisition orders and many librarians order their own copies, or buy them at conferences.

For more information about Publications in Librarianship, please contact Series Editor Daniel C. Mack at

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