CFP: Association for Gravestone Studies 45th Annual Conference

The Association for Gravestone Studies (AGS) was founded in 1977 for the purpose of furthering the study and preservation of gravestones. AGS is an international organization with an interest in gravemarkers of all periods and styles as well as the larger cemetery as a cultural landscape. Through its publications, conferences, workshops and exhibits, AGS promotes the study of gravestones and cemeteries from historical and artistic perspectives, expands public awareness of the significance of historic gravemarkers, and encourages individuals and groups to record and preserve gravestones and historic cemeteries.  

The annual conference, to be held in person June 20-25, 2023 in Denver, Colorado at the University of Denver, features lectures, guided cemetery tours, paper sessions, roundtables, exhibits, classes, and documentation and conservation workshops.  The Association for Gravestone Studies welcomes proposals from graduate students, emerging and independent scholars, as well as established scholars and members of the Association.  Presenters are strongly encouraged to use images in their talks.  The AGS conference audience is a diverse mix of academics and members of various professions.  Scholars come from the fields of history, archaeology, cultural studies, archives, historic preservation, cultural resources management, art history, material culture, anthropology, and art.  Professionals include conservators, cemetery directors, monument company personnel, and historic site managers.  The call for papers is available on the AGS website at

We are accepting applications for general paper and workshop proposals through April 1, 2023 at  All paper presentations visuals should be formatted as PowerPoint-compatible projection files.

Applications are open until April 15, 2023 for the Slater Scholarship and Stockton Scholarship – both of which are for students to present their research during the conference. Application Here.

Contact Info: 

Perky Beisel, AGS Vice President and 2023 Conference Co-Organizer, professor of History, Stephen F. Austin State University, 

Contact Email:


CFP: “Government Film,” Special Issue The Moving Image

Call for Special Issue 24.1
“Government Film”

Guest editor: Brian Real

Submissions Due: May 31, 2023

The Moving Image, the peer reviewed academic journal of the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA), invites submissions for possible inclusion in a special issue on Government Film. Full submissions are due by May 31, 2023, but contributors are encouraged to contact the special issue editor, Brian Real, in advance to discuss potential contributions and receive preliminary feedback.

  • Discussions of motion pictures produced by national, regional, state, and local governments, with a specific focus on how these works served policy objectives.
    This can include analyses of the output of particular directors or agencies.
  • Research on audience reception to government-made films and the effectiveness of their messaging.
  • Analyses of less-formal works made by government employees and their families, such as home movies.
  • Interviews with filmmakers, producers, and government officials who were involved in the creation of motion pictures for governments.
  • Overviews and comparisons of institutions that collect and preserve motion pictures made by governments, with a specific focus on how they preserve and provide access to these works.
  • Short pieces on specialized government film collections, paper-based collections of documents related to government-made films, and the acquisition and restoration of individual works.
  • Reviews of books, conferences, festivals, and media related to government-made films.

Types of Submissions:

  • Features: Double-blind peer reviewed research articles, 4,000 – 6,000 words
  • Forum pieces: Shorter, less formal pieces that include interviews and “notes from the field” that involve discussions of single institutions or archivists’ own work, such as specific restoration projects
  • Collections: Discussions of collections held by moving image archives, including their provenance
  • Reviews: Analyses of recent books, media (e.g., DVDs, Blu-Rays), conferences, film festivals, and exhibitions

Although the reviews section of the issue will remain open to all books, conferences, and discs related to film history and media preservation, the guest editor is particularly interested in reviews of works related to government produced motion pictures or review articles covering several relevant works.

Inquiries and submissions:

Please send initial proposals and final submissions to special issue editor Brian Real at and CC journal editor Devin Orgeron at

All manuscripts should be submitted as a Microsoft Word e-mail attachment, double-spaced throughout, using 12-point type with 1-inch margins, following the 17th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style.

Please note if your piece should be considered for the Features, Forum, Collections, or Reviews sections. If you have an idea for a submission but are not sure as to which section would be the best for your work, the guest editor would be glad to discuss this during the planning stages.

CFP: Archives Journal

ARCHIVES, a peer -reviewed journal published by Liverpool University Press on behalf of the British Records Association, invites submissions that inform, explore, and inspire all those who use historical records. ARCHIVES provides accessible and engaging articles that increase understanding of the whereabouts, interpretation and historical significance of archival material of all historical periods. It provides a platform for historians and archivists to share their discoveries and information about the sources they have used for research.  We particularly welcome contributions from those at an early stage of their careers.

Themes that can be addressed include, but are not limited to:

  • Archival trends, theories and practices
  • Archives and the community
  • Archives and diversity
  • Approaches towards using archives and source materials
  • Archives and accessibility
  • Record keeping practices
  • Digital curation

A fuller statement of the editorial policy can be found at:

Articles can be submitted at any time. Suggestions for articles and submissions should be sent electronically to the editor at who looks forward to hearing from you.

CFP: Internet Librarian 2023 (Virtual – October 17-19, 2023)

Call for Speakers

Community Impact: Connecting People & Evolving Tech

Submit your proposal

Deadline April 10

What will our world be like when almost everyone can use AI to be an “artist,” a “coder,” or a “journalist”? And what about those people on the other side of the ever-widening digital divide? Digital inclusion/literacy is even more important for Internet Librarians who shine as tech leaders in their communities, whether it’s through training and enabling discovery, developing studios and makerspaces, providing access to the world’s resources, guiding community partnerships, identifying misinformation, experimenting with AI and XR to find new spaces and processes in the metaverse, or retooling the community for jobs of the future. Creating digital/multimedia content that helps connect people, libraries, communities, and their ideas and stories is at the forefront for leading libraries and this event showcases those that are excelling around the world.

The 27th Internet Librarian event highlights some of these exciting possibilities in a global virtual event. There are so many positive possible futures for libraries in every community—campuses, municipalities, hospitals, schools, corporate and nonprofit enterprises, governments, and more! The trick is to channel the passion that librarians have into building awareness and relationships in their communities; taking action and not waiting for citizens, students, researchers, business folks or faculty to come to them; creating and experimenting with innovative programs and services using new and evolving technologies; securing solid partnerships to expand programs and resources; and futurizing strong, collaborative, successful, and sustainable communities! Internet Librarian 2023 highlights how libraries are using AI and machine learning to save time for new programs, dealing with big data to pinpoint insights, using sensors and other “internet of things” devices to improve and extend services, experimenting with extended realities like augmented and virtual reality to delight their communities, and tracking and sharing applications of smart technology with their campuses, organizations, and neighborhoods. Internet Librarians never, however, lose sight of people in their communities as they futurize and transform to make sure they are relevant and valuable in their communities.

Join us at the most comprehensive conference for library and information professionals interested in technology to discover the insights, strategies, and practices that allow us to push the envelope in expanding the internet, take advantage of evolving technologies, manage libraries and digital information, and enhance the information sharing and learning experience of people in our communities. Internet Librarian Connect 2023 provides attendees with lots of opportunities to meet and hear from leading “movers and shakers” in the global information industry in all types of environments. Leaders in the information industry are integrating content and delighting their clients, organizing and managing digital content in creative ways, setting the context for excellence in information utilization in their organizations, revolutionizing the roles of info pros, creating new learning and discovery areas with makerspaces, and building strong collaborative communities among their customers, colleagues, and partners, as well as using new and evolving technologies in exciting ways. This conference encourages you to bring and share your ideas and champion new practices—this is where ideas and action come together, catalysts are born, and innovation ignites.

Information Today Inc., a key provider of technology conferences for more than 40 years, is pleased to announce the 27th annual Internet Librarian event—the only conference for information professionals who are using, developing, and embracing internet- and web-based strategies in their roles as information architects and navigators; digital managers, developers, and integrators; content evaluators and curators; taxonomists; searchers; community builders, managers, and partners; information providers, trainers, and guides; and more. This comprehensive conference and exhibition offer a wide-ranging program designed to meet the needs of librarians, information managers, systems professionals, researchers, content managers, curators and information specialists. Internet Librarian Connect 2023 caters to all interests and all levels of knowledge with four simultaneous tracks, plus many workshop and networking opportunities.

This year’s tracks encompass such topics as Discovery & Navigation, Makerspace Strategies & Creative Services, Smart Tools & Technologies, Integrating Evolving Technologies, AI & Machine Learning, User Experience, Curating Digital Assets, Resetting & Inspiring Innovation, Web Presence Development & Management, Enterprise Trends, Social Media & Networking, Collaborating With New Community Partners, Content Management, and more. Speakers are knowledgeable, authoritative and focus on practical applications, new tools and techniques, and case studies as well as technical and managerial issues. Please consider sending us a proposal to speak. Following is a list of some topics we hope to cover, but don’t let this list limit your imagination! We look forward to hearing from you.

Conference Topics

  • Action for Impact – Case Studies
  • Artificial Intelligence & Robotics
  • Inspiring Connections & Partnerships
  • Community Integration Strategies
  • IoT: Internet of Things
  • ROI Tips & Tools for Libraries
  • Tactics Against Disinformation & Fake News
  • Customer Engagement & Service
  • Innovation & Excellence in Libraries
  • Attention-Grabbing Engagement Strategies
  • Facilitating Knowledge Sharing & Learning
  • Business Practices for Library Excellence
  • Revolutionizing Roles & Services
  • Makerspaces & Libraries
  • Creative Community Connections
  • Creative Funding of Tech Initiatives
  • Dealing with Changing Space Issues
  • Information Discovery
  • Leading Edge Technologies & Libraries
  • Integrating Content for Creative Products
  • Streamlining User Online Experiences
  • User Generated Content & Services
  • New Roles for Info Pros
  • Leading Edge Digital Library Practices
  • Mobile Campuses & Communities
  • Improving Digital Info Flows & Access
  • Identifying & Working with Information Partners
  • Usability & Web Site Functionality
  • Navigating & Search Tools
  • Social Media Strategies & Practices
  • Semantic Web Strategies and Applications
  • New Workspace/place Concepts & Cases
  • Next Generation eBook Strategies & Policies
  • Designing for Web Devices & Appliances
  • Knowledge Management Strategies
  • Distance-Learning Technologies
  • Navigating Strategies & Techniques
  • Integrating K-12 Curriculum & Net Technology
  • Web Development Tools & Techniques
  • What’s Next for the Future?
  • Machine Learning
  • Magic Sauce Recipes for Library Success
  • Smart Campuses, Cities & Companies
  • New Funding Strategies & Practices
  • Pivot Strategies for Fast Change
  • Empowering Conversations
  • Management & Leadership Development
  • User Experience (UX)
  • Tech Tools for Collaboration
  • Impact & Value for Libraries
  • Harnessing Social Media
  • Digital Strategies & Practices
  • Mobile & Pop Up Libraries & Services
  • Digital Preservation
  • Digital Content Curation
  • Managing Devices & Gadgets
  • Content Streaming
  • Social Media Apps for Libraries
  • Discovery Platforms
  • Tips for Web Redesign
  • Creating & Testing New Ideas
  • New & Converging Technologies
  • Search Engine Nuts & Bolts
  • Hot Trends for Internet Librarians
  • Podcasting & Videocasting – Tips
  • Cool Video Applications
  • Shifting Roles & Strategies
  • Intranet Politics & Web Teams
  • Search Engine Tips
  • Cutting Edge Tech & Apps
  • Negotiating for eResources
  • Visual Interfaces
  • eLearning Tips & Tools
  • Digital Rights Management
  • Digital Library Services & Archiving
  • Digital Ethnography
  • Building Customer Relationships

How to Submit a Proposal

If you would like to participate in Internet Librarian 2023 as a speaker or workshop leader, please complete the submission form here.

Or contact the Program Chair at the email address listed below as soon as possible (by April 10, 2023 at the latest). Include the following brief details of your proposed presentation: title, abstract, a few sentences of biographical information that relate to the topic, and full contact information (job title, address, e-mail, phone & fax) for you and any co-presenters. All abstracts will be reviewed by the Organizing/Review Committee and notification regarding acceptance will be made by June.

Jane I. Dysart, Program Chair
Dysart & Jones Associates

Brian Pichman, Program Coordinator
Evolve Project

Organizing/Review Committee

Erik Boekesteijn, National Library of the Netherlands
Susan Broman, Los Angeles Public Library
Cindy Hill, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
David Lee King, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
Chad Mairn, St. Petersburg College
Marydee Ojala, Editor, Computers in Libraries
Amanda Sweet, Nebraska Library Commission
Jeff Wisniewski, University of Pittsburgh

About Information Today, Inc.

Internet Librarian 2023 is organized and produced by Information Today, Inc., a diversified digital media and print publisher and conference and events organizer and producer. Our mission is to deliver world-class content in a variety of formats and serve our audiences with the information they need to make informed and critical decisions for their organizations.

CFP: “Students in the Archives: Archival Pedagogy in Practice” Edited Collection

Heather Fox & Amanda Stuckey

In early 2020, we developed a pedagogy-driven digital humanities site to feature pedagogical approaches to archival research and teaching. Prompted by Barbara Biesecker’s premise that “whatever else the archive may be, it always already is . . . our collective invention of us and of it” (2015, 156), this site was designed to investigate the collaborative relationships that archival research and pedagogy engender. As life-long learners, we are all “students” in the archives, and our collaborations have the potential to reshape an archive’s narrative and the methods we bring to it. Drawing upon this initiative, alongside a decade of pedagogical and scholarly collaborations, we are compiling contributions for an edited collection–“Students in the Archives: Archival Pedagogy in Practice”–to connect conversations between teacher-scholars across disciplines, grade levels, and learning spaces. Since archivist Ken Osborne’s 1980s call to integrate archival sources in the classroom, educators have sought to connect how we research and how we teach.

This volume takes a broad view of what it means to be a “student in the archives,” expanding upon and/or complicating previously published archival pedagogy collections like Lori Ostergaard and Henrietta Rix Wood’s In the Archives of Composition: Writing and Rhetoric in High Schools and Normal Schools (U of Pittsburgh P, 2015), Sarah Robbins’s Learning Legacies: Archive to Action through Women’s Cross-Cultural Teaching (U of Michigan P, 2017), Nancy Bartlett’s Teaching Undergraduates with Archives (Maize Books, 2019), and Tarez Samara Grabin and Wendy Hayden’s Teaching through the Archives: Text, Collaboration, and Activism (Southern Illinois UP, 2022). This collection aims to bring together assignments, curriculum design, and practices that illuminate the intersection of archival research and pedagogy.

“Students in the Archives: Archival Pedagogy in Practice” situates collaborative archival relationships within and outside of the academy as sustainable teaching and learning practices across disciplines, grade levels, and types of learning spaces. We envision it as a resource, record, and theorization of archival explorations through pedagogy, written by scholars, archivists, librarians, and educators whose work furthers an understanding of how engagements with collected materials shape pedagogy. Contributions to this collection will prioritize students’ inquiries, discoveries, frustrations, and overall engagements with archives. Reproductions of assignments that demonstrate archival pedagogical strategies are welcome to accompany chapters. This edited volume is intended for presses publishing archival pedagogy collections, such as Southern Illinois University Press, University of Michigan’s Maize Books, University of Pittsburgh Press, or Routledge’s Studies in Archives series. It is planned for publication in

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • University classroom pedagogy projects, including recovery projects that involve
  • students
  • Undergraduate archival research and/or faculty-student collaborations
  • K-12 classroom integrations
  • Accessibility/equity issues related to archival pedagogy across digital and non-digital
  • sources
  • Collaborations across libraries, educators, students, and/or communities
  • Interdisciplinary archive-based projects
  • Histories of pedagogical spaces that include archival research
  • Teaching historically marginalized voices through archival sources
  • How archival research and teaching supports inclusive approaches to pedagogy
  • Students’ reckonings with archival absences and silences in archives

Please submit abstracts (250-500 words) and brief biographies (100 words) to Dr. Amanda Stuckey ( and Dr. Heather Fox ( by March 17, 2023. Co-authored submissions are welcome. If accepted, completed chapters of 6,000-10,000 words will be due in Summer 2024.

Call for Papers: Indigenous Librarianship (Library Trends Journal)

We are looking for a contributor or a collaboration of contributors to submit an article for a special issue of the Library Trends journal focused on Indigenous Librarianship. 

We are most interested in a contribution focusing on Indigenous cultural institutions of North America, histories, issues and problems, functions and significance tribal libraries and archives, but we are open to other topics. Examples include discussions on: protection of Indigenous ways of knowledge and/or communities’ way of life; language revitalization; land and resource management; and protection of sensitive information such as intellectual Indigenous property rights.

Library Trends is one of the leading library journals in North America.  It is published quarterly by the Johns Hopkins University Press.

Contact Info: 

Please contact co-editors, Ulia Gosart and Rachel Fu with a proposal of 350 words or less by February 20 (the latest, we have strict deadlines and will consider submissions on the first sent basis), at:

Contact Email:

CFP: Society For the History of Discoveries Conference

Society for the History of Discoveries 2023 Conference

Worlds of Exploration

The James Ford Bell Library, with its extensive collection of rare books, maps, manuscripts, and archival collections, documenting the history and impact of trade and cultural exchange before the 19th century, offers an ideal venue to host the 2023 SHD conference. This year’s conference locale aligns with the global breadth of the Society’s mission by supporting research into the expeditions, biographies, history, cartography, as well as the technologies of travel, the impact of travel and cultural exchange, and other aspects of geographic discovery. With its expansive resources, the James Ford Bell, and other collections associated with the University of Minnesota’s libraries, offers members of the Society and presenters an ideal opportunity to conduct research prior to and after the conference.  The rich and fascinating collections emboldens the inspiration for our conference.

The Society for the History of Discoveries invites papers, 20 minutes in length, on all points of view of this theme, Worlds of Exploration, including: “discovery,” encounter, exploration, conquest, resistance, settlement, economy, daily life, and all aspects of socio-cultural and political encounter, as well as on the teaching of the history of exploration, broadly defined.

SHD welcomes submissions from graduate students, emerging and independent scholars, as well as established scholars and members of the Society.  Presenters are encouraged to use images (maps, paintings, photographs, etc.).  For the benefit of the audience, all visuals have to be presented as PowerPoint-compatible projection. The audience at SHD meetings is diverse and includes academics and members of various professions.

Where: Minneapolis-St-Paul, Minnesota

When:  21 September – 23 September, 2023 (With an optional excursion on Sunday, 24)

Venue: James Ford Bell Library, University of Minnesota

Please provide a proposal that includes the following components:

  • the title of the presentation
  • the author’s name and address, including email address and affiliation
  • an abstract summarizing the paper’s scope and conclusions (maximum of 500 words)
  • a statement about the originality of the contents of the paper: how much is new, unpublished material, based on research in primary sources, etc.
  • a statement indicating whether PowerPoint or other digital media will be used and whether internet access is necessary for the presentation
  • a brief biographic sketch of the author(s)

Paper proposals are due 17 April 2023, and must be submitted via the SHD website  – an online submissions portal.

Inquiries via Dr. Lydia Towns, SHD secretary:

CFP: “Indigenous Histories in New England: Pastkeepers and Pastkeeping” at the 2023 Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife

The Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife (founded 1976) is pleased to announce the subject of its 2023 gathering, Indigenous Histories in New England: Pastkeepers and Pastkeeping, to be held June 23–24, 2023.

Three decades have passed since the 1993 publication of the Seminar’s proceedings Algonkians of New England. Over that space of time, both the study of Indigenous histories in the region (encompassing present-day New England and adjacent areas of New York and Canada), and understanding of the memory work of pastkeepers and pastkeeping, have been transformed.  The 2023 Seminar Indigenous Histories in New England: Pastkeepers and Pastkeeping will explore long traditions of Indigenous pastkeeping and the wide variety of ways in which Native peoples have stewarded history and memory.  

The Seminar invites proposals for papers that focus on addressing the gaps in Indigenous voice and visibility in public views of the past. We wish to critically consider who has claimed responsibility for “keeping” the Indigenous past in New England, including how it has been represented (for better or worse), how historical research can be decolonized and improved, and what museums and tribal nations have done to engage the public in better understandings.

Papers offering historical perspective might explore, for instance:

  • Indigenous forms of memory-making and pastkeeping, on landscapes and in oral tradition
  • Native American authors of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth century, including autobiography and tribal histories
  • collections of material culture; histories of tribal museums
  • repatriation and cultural recovery
  • language reclamation
  • artwork as vehicles for historical reflection

The Seminar will give particular attention to the work of museums, archives, historic preservation organizations, cultural centers, and initiatives that over the past thirty years have worked to provide more holistic and inclusive representations of regional Indigenous peoples and histories. 

The Seminar will convene in Deerfield, Massachusetts. This will be a hybrid program, with both on-site and virtual registration options for attendees. Speakers will present on site at Historic Deerfield.

The conference program will consist of approximately seventeen lectures of twenty minutes each. Dublin Seminar presenters are expected to submit their papers (approximately 7000 words) for consideration to the Annual Proceedings of the Dublin Seminar by June 16, 2023. The scholarship proposed should be unpublished and available for inclusion in this volume to be published about eighteen months after the conference.

To submit a proposal, please send (as a single email attachment, in MS Word or as a PDF, labeled LASTNAME.DubSem2023) a one-page prospectus that describes the paper and the archival, material, or visual sources on which it is grounded followed by a one-page vita or biography.

Email proposals to dublinseminar@historic-deerfield.orgDeadline: Noon EST Friday, March 3, 2023. 

For more information on the Dublin Seminar, see  

CFP: Information, Power, and Reproductive Health

Call for Chapter Proposals

Working Title: Information, Power, and Reproductive Health
Editors: Gina Schlesselman-Tarango (Des Moines University); Alanna Aiko Moore (University of California, San Diego); Renée Ann Rau (University of Southern California)
Submission Deadline: April 1, 2023
Publisher: Library Juice Press

Book Description

Information, Power, and Reproductive Health will encourage readers to explore the inextricable intersection of reproductive health information and power. Rooted in a framework of reproductive justice, it will explore the ways in which power plays a central role in how reproductive health information is created, controlled, withheld, and shared. Deeply entrenched ideologies about which bodies are deserving or undeserving of reproductive care, which facets of reproductive life are worthy of research, which issues are taboo or frequently dismissed, and how to control bodies considered unruly all affect what health information is easily accessible or perhaps hidden from those who need it. Legislative, bureaucratic, medical-scientific, economic, and familial systems and structures shape reproductive health information, and framing information production and consumption as a social act can help us to trace these structural and ideological forces in the reproductive health landscape and locate transgressive sites of information sharing that speak back to power. Chapters will address the continued and more-urgent-than-ever interest in reproductive health, feminism(s), womanism, critical theory, and praxis in librarianship and information studies. We aim to develop an essential volume for librarians, healthcare practitioners, academics, advocates, and activists involved in the study of or street-level organizing around reproductive health in this critical era of reproductive crisis.

We seek proposals that demonstrate a substantive exploration of power and intersectionality, with attention to race, gender, sexuality, class, (dis)ability, and the like. We welcome all genres, from empirical research and critical analysis to personal narrative and autoethnography (and everything in between).

We welcome submissions from first-time authors and authors working outside academia. In the spirit of community, contributors will have the opportunity to be in regular contact with editors and with each other throughout the writing and publication process. Authors will also have the opportunity to both review and have their work reviewed by fellow contributors.

Potential Topics Include (but are not limited to)

  • The history of reproductive health information. For example:
    • Archival or library holdings
    • Close readings of historically influential resources
    • Lasting impacts of absent, erroneous, or discriminatory reproductive health information
    • Underground information-sharing networks of the past
  • The reproductive body, information, and the state. For example:
    • Information in relation to biopower, population control, or pronatalism
    • Forced hysterectomies/sterilization
    • Government records
    • Legislation
    • Funding for reproductive health research
    • Various forms of state and corporate surveillance (e.g., period tracking apps)
  • Reproductive health information and medical institutions. For example:
    • Medical records and medical classification
    • Pathologized bodies
    • Patient consent and information sharing
    • Medicalization of queer bodies
    • Medical technologies, fertility treatments, and assisted reproductive technology
    • Cultural competence and information sharing
    • Marginalized communities’ relationship(s) to the medical establishment
    • Capitalism/neoliberalism/racism/classism, etc., in medical institutions
  • Health information and the taboo reproductive body. For example:
    • Deviations from the “normal” or “healthy” or “fertile” body
    • Heteronormative ideas regarding reproduction and parenthood
    • Reproductive information for people with disabilities or otherwise “unruly” bodies
    • Libraries providing access to “taboo” reproductive information and resources (e.g., tampons/pads, condoms, materials on menopause)
    • Access to reproductive health information for non-normative or queer individuals or families
  • Taking control of reproductive health information post-Roe. For example:
    • Library and archival collections, services, and resources
    • (Radical) reproductive justice as information practice
    • Narrative medicine and storytelling
    • Zines and graphic medicine
    • Social media and information sharing
    • Underground information-sharing networks

Important Dates and Anticipated Timeline (subject to change)

  • Office hour: March 1, 2023, 10:00 – 11:00 am PST. Join the Information, Power, and Reproductive Health editorial team for an informal office hour. Pop in to say hi and ask us your questions about the call for proposals.
  • Proposal due date: April 1, 2023
  • Notification of acceptance: May 1, 2023
  • First draft due: September 1, 2023
  • Anticipated publication date: 2025

How to Submit

Submit chapter proposals and brief author bio(s). Proposals should not exceed 500 words.

Due to the political climate and nature of the collection’s subject matter, we respect that some contributors might choose to publish anonymously or using a pseudonym. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at info.power.rephealth (at) gmail (dot) com:

About the Editors

Gina Schlesselman-Tarango (she/her) is a health sciences librarian at Des Moines University. She holds an undergraduate degree in Sociology/Anthropology from Drake University, a masters of Social Science with an emphasis on Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of Colorado Denver, and a masters of Library Science from the University of Denver. Her research interests include race and gender in librarianship, critical information literacy and peer learning in higher education, and the intersections of reproductive labor and information work. She is the editor of Topographies of Whiteness: Mapping Whiteness in LIS (Library Juice Press, 2017), has served as a journal editor and reviewer, authored peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and presented at numerous library science, gender studies, and higher education venues. She lives in Iowa with her people, cats, and chickens, and is a doula-in-training.

Alanna Aiko Moore is the Librarian for Sociology, Ethnic Studies, and Critical Gender Studies at the University of California, San Diego. Alanna holds a bachelor of arts in Sociology/Anthropology and Gender Studies from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR, and a master’s of Library and Information Science from Dominican University. Alanna has published book chapters and articles on queer parenting, cross cultural mentoring, emotional labor, activism, and issues affecting women of color librarians. She has worked in academic libraries for over 15 years and has presented at numerous conferences and organizations. Before librarianship, she worked at social justice-centered non-profits and community organizations.

Renée A. Rau is an Information Services Librarian at University of Southern California’s Norris Medical Library and the liaison to the Keck School of Medicine. She earned a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree at San José State University (SJSU), in 2020. In 2017, she earned an MA in 20th-century United States history, specializing in women’s and gender history, from Washington State University (WSU). Her current research interests include: Evidence Based Practice and information literacy instruction; Graphic Medicine and health humanities; and diversity, equity, and inclusion in health sciences librarianship.

CFP: Censorship Is a Drag: LGBTQ Materials and Programming Under Siege in Libraries

This call does not specifically mention archives, but it is an opportunity to integrate archives into the discussion.

Call for Chapter Proposals

Working Title: Censorship Is a Drag: LGBTQ Materials and Programming Under Siege in Libraries
Editors: Jason D. Phillips and Jordan Ruud
Submission Deadline: April 1, 2023
Publisher: Library Juice Press

Book Description: Libraries, long tasked with defending intellectual freedom, find themselves under siege with threats of censorship for carrying gender/sexuality-related materials or holding LGBTQ-related events. Efforts to censor materials and control programming arguably threaten to have a chilling effect on libraries’ ability to carry out their core missions. We are soliciting contributions from across the library ecosystem exploring the significance of these threats and how librarians have responded, offering an intellectual and practical toolkit, in tandem with lessons with experience, to help libraries make their way through this new intellectual climate.

Topics under consideration might include:

  • Censorship of programming
  • Censorship of materials at any point in the acquisitions cycle
  • Preemptive caution (anticipation of censorship struggles) exerting a chilling effect on intellectual freedom
  • How classification can impede discoverability of controversial materials: “bibliographic invisibility”
  • Visibility of LGBTQ topics in displays
  • LGBTQ YA/children’s lit and its curricular role
  • Safe spaces for digital scholarship
  • The role and inclusion of LGBTQ materials, services, and outreach
  • Responsive collection development policy to address potential challenges
  • Administrative interference (campus, school, or public)
  • Workplace protections for LGBTQ personnel or those involved in LGBTQ
    collection development/programming
  • Information barriers creating a non-inclusive environment
  • Building design as a barrier to vulnerable populations (trans people)
  • Impact of LGBTQ materials and/or programming on student retention/mental health
  • The erosion of tenure as a threat to protection of intellectual freedom
  • Reflection on the role of LGBTQ materials as part of a collection, and as an aspect of overall library/campus DEI strategies
  • Politicization of library funding

We welcome contributions discussing specific situations, and also reflections of a more general nature on the importance of, and threats to, intellectual freedom.

We ask authors interested in contributing to submit a proposal or abstract in our submission form:


  • April 1, 2023: abstracts due
  • April 30, 2023: notification of acceptance
  • September 1, 2023: drafts due
  • December 1, 2023: final revisions due
  • December 31, 2023: final submission of manuscript

Questions: If you have questions, please feel free to ask the editors: Jason D. Phillips (he/him) and Jordan Ruud (he/him)