Call for Chapter Proposals: Hidden Architectures of Information Literacy Programs: Structures, Practices, and Contexts

This call does not specifically mention archives, but the call is open to topics other than what’s listed.


We are soliciting chapter proposals for our forthcoming ACRL book, Hidden Architectures of Information Literacy Programs: Structures, Practices, and Contexts with an anticipated publication date of August 2019. Information literacy (IL) is a well-established goal of academic libraries, yet so much of the day-to-day work of running and coordinating information literacy programs is absent from professional literature, job descriptions, and library school coursework. While the definition of a program is a coordinated set of activities in service of a specific purpose, what those activities actually consist of – and who is responsible for them – is highly dependent on institutional and interpersonal contexts. Furthermore, while skills and competencies for leadership in LIS are well-researched and articulated, those required for effective program management, particularly indirect management of others, are not as well-represented. This book will gather program examples to make visible the structures, practices, and contexts of information literacy programs in academic libraries

We are seeking chapters from academic librarians who identify as a leader of an information literacy program who want to share their experiences.

Focus of the Book:

This edited volume will present a series of structured case studies written by leaders of information literacy programs across the United States and Canada. Each chapter will detail definitions and missions, allocation of resources and labor, supervisory structures, prioritization approaches, and other processes and structures required to make programs work. By following the same template we will help identify commonalities and differences across all types of programs and institutions while allowing individual stories and unique contexts to shine through. Don’t worry; we’ll provide the template! This book’s intended audience is new and aspiring information literacy program coordinators, administrators, and seasoned coordinators, looking for examples, evidence, and strategies to grow and/or sustain new or existing programs.

Anticipated Program Types:

  • One-person IL programs
  • Community College IL programs
  • IL within its own instruction department
  • IL distributed across a liaison model
  • New or newly revived programs
  • Long-standing legacy programs

Don’t see your program represented here? Perfect! We definitely want you to submit your proposal! If you have any questions contact the editors at to discuss how your idea may fit within this book’s scope.

Proposal Guidelines:

To submit a proposal, fill out the short online proposal form. The form will require:

  • Author names, job titles, and institutional affiliations
  • Up to 500-word description of your program including type of institution and population served
  • 1-2 sentence description for each template area of what you plan to discuss if your proposal is accepted for inclusion

Proposals are due by August 1, 2018 and must be submitted via online form:


  • Contributors will be notified of their status (acceptance or rejection) within 3-4 weeks of the due date of proposals.
  • Proposals will be conditionally accepted based on the authentic snapshot of their program as represented in the template and description. We’re looking for the realities of coordinating a program in its entirety and not just best practices or one shiny project.
  • In the final collection we aim to represent a range of program and institution types; this will influence which proposals are accepted.
  • Final chapter format should follow the Endnotes-Bibliography format in the Chicago Manual of Style (17th edition) and the Chapter Template here.
  • ACRL will send publication agreements to individual chapter authors that allow them to keep copyright of their chapters, apply a CC license of their choosing, and request final copies for their institutional repositories, indexing sites, etc.


  • The first draft of chapters will be due November 2018, second draft in January 2019, and final draft in April 2019
  • Estimated length of chapter: 2,500–4,000 words
  • Projected publication date: August 2019

Contact us at:


Carolyn Caffrey Gardner, Information Literacy Coordinator, Cal State Dominguez Hills
Elizabeth Galoozis, Head of Information Literacy, University of Southern California
Rebecca Halpern, Teaching & Learning Services Coordinator, The Claremont Colleges

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