CFP for Trans and Gender Diverse Voices in LIS

Call for chapter proposals

Working title: Trans and Gender Diverse Voices in LIS

Editors: Kalani Adolpho, Stephen G. Krueger, Krista McCracken

Submission deadline: December 18, 2020

Publisher: Library Juice Press, Series on Gender and Sexuality in Information Studies

Overview

Currently there are very few books that contain any content on trans and gender diverse* experiences within library and information science (LIS). Trans and Gender Diverse Voices in LIS will center the lived experiences of trans and gender diverse people in LIS work and education. All authors and editors will be self-identified trans and gender diverse people.

The editors invite submissions from anyone who identifies as trans and/or gender diverse and who works in, teaches, and/or studies library and information science, or has done so in the past, with the goal of representing a wide range of experiences and identities in the final collection.

*We use “trans and gender diverse” to describe any self-identified non-cisgender identities, including nonbinary, agender, genderfluid, genderqueer, and others, as well as genders that do not fall within the Western system, such as two spirit, māhū, and others.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Positive experiences with trans and gender diverse inclusion in LIS education and/or the workplace
  • Negative experiences with trans and gender diverse exclusion in LIS education and/or the workplace
  • Trans and gender diverse experiences during LIS education
  • Experiences outside of the cis/trans Western gender binary (e.g. two spirit, māhū, etc.)
  • The intersection of being trans or gender diverse with other identities in LIS work and study (including, but not limited to: race, ethnicity, disability, sexual and romantic orientation, mental health, religion, and socioeconomic status)
  • Transitioning and/or coming out in the workplace or as an LIS student
  • Navigating and performing gender, possibly in combination with other identities, and ideas about professionalism
  • Being the first/only out trans or gender diverse person in your workplace or LIS program
  • Experiences with changes over time in how the LIS field treats trans and gender diverse people
  • Navigating the workplace or educational environment as a trans or gender diverse person who is not out in those spaces
  • Navigating interviewing, hiring, and/or onboarding as a trans or gender diverse library worker
  • Navigating library systems and other structures (eg. library accounts, learning platforms, HR systems, etc.) as a trans or gender diverse library worker or student
  • Anything else about the personal experiences of trans or gender diverse LIS workers, educators, and students

Authors and Anonymity

We are fully aware that many trans and gender diverse people may not be able to comfortably or safely share their experiences with their name attached. Any authors may use a pseudonym or have their chapters published anonymously. The editors will communicate with all authors to ensure that nobody has information shared that they would prefer not to.

Proposals with multiple authors are welcome.

Tentative Timeline

  • Abstract submission deadline: December 18, 2020
  • Information session: October 6, 2020 at 3:00-4:00pm EST
  • Notification/Feedback regarding submission: February 19, 2021
  • First drafts due: June 18, 2021
  • Final drafts due: September 17, 2021
  • Final manuscript due to publisher: January 1, 2022

Submissions

Please use this form to submit proposals. Note that acceptance of a proposal does not guarantee inclusion in the final book.

Abstracts should briefly describe your topic and include a short biographical statement. You are welcome to submit multiple abstracts about different possible topics. Material cannot be previously published. Final chapters should be in the 1,000 to 5,000 word range.

For those interested in submitting a proposal, or learning more about the book, the editors will be holding an information session October 6, 2020 at 3pm EST to answer questions. Register for the session using this form.

Any questions can be directed to trans.voices.LIS@gmail.com or to any of the editors.

About the editors

  • Kalani Adolpho (they/them) is a queer, trans, non-binary, and hapa (Kanaka Maoli and white) archivist. They are the Processing Archivist for Manuscripts and Archives Management at University of Miami Libraries. Kalani has presented on trans and gender diverse inclusion in libraries, diversity residencies, and colonialism in cataloging. Kalani can be contacted at kalani.adolpho@miami.edu.
  • Stephen Krueger (he/him or they/them) is the Scholarly Publishing Librarian at Dartmouth College. He has written and presented extensively on trans inclusion in libraries, including the book Supporting Trans People in Libraries and the webinar Supporting Trans Library Employees (see full details at https://www.stephengkrueger.com/scholarly-work). Stephen is the founding member of the Gender Variant LIS Network. Contact Stephen at Stephen.G.Krueger@dartmouth.edu.
  • Krista McCracken (they/them) is a queer non-binary archivist and public historian. They work as the Researcher/Curator for the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre and Arthur A. Wishart Library at Algoma University. Their work focuses on community archives, access and outreach. Krista can be reached at krista.mccracken@gmail.com.

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