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Emergent Literacies in Academic Libraries


Reference Services Review is seeking authors to write on the theme of emergent literacies in academic libraries. Articles in this issue will explore emergent literacies, intersections of multiple literacies, and ideas around the language used to describe, implement, and assess these literacies. We are interested in innovative interpretations and intersectional research around ideas, theory, and practice.

Examples of stand-alone and intersectional topics include, but are not restricted to,:

  • Cultural Literacies (International, Indigenous, Economic)
  • Spatial Literacies (How do we create physical and virtual spaces for intellectual pursuits?)
  • Emotional Literacies (Changing demographics of higher education, Inclusivity)
  • Life Skill Literacies (Finance, Self-advocacy, Speaking, Privacy)
  • Narrative Literacies (How do we tell our story? How do students share their stories?)
  • Oral Literacies (Listening, Speaking)
  • Written and Expressive Literacies (Writing, Visual, Performance)
  • Digital & Multimedia Literacies (Social Media, Copyright, Digital media authoring)
  • Literacies across the arc of K-20 education
  • Methodology, pedagogy, and assessment of emergent literacies
  • Forthcoming technologies or developments may create new emerging literacies
  • Intersection of Emergent Literacies & Digital Humanities

Proposed manuscripts may take many forms, including (but not limited to) innovative applications of best practices, literature reviews, or conceptual papers that explore the future of emerging literacies.
We wholeheartedly welcome submissions on emergent literacies and/or approaches not listed above. We encourage manuscripts that explore innovative intersections of various literacies, approaches, and pedagogical approaches.

The theme issue, Volume 46 Issue 2, will be published in June 2018. Manuscripts must be submitted by February 24, 2018. Submitted manuscripts are evaluated using a double-blind peer review process. Authors can expect to work on revisions in February and March 2018. Final manuscripts will be due by April 7, 2018.

Proposals/abstracts due: October 16, 2017.

Send proposals/abstracts or inquiries to both:

Tammy Ivins ([email protected]), Transfer Student Services Librarian at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and

Sylvia Tag ([email protected]), Librarian for Colleges/Departments/Programs at Western Washington University

Reference Services Review


Reference Services Review (RSR) is a quarterly refereed journal dedicated to the enrichment of reference knowledge and the advancement of reference services. RSR covers all aspects of reference functions, including automation of reference services, evaluation and assessment of reference functions and sources, models for delivering quality reference services in all types and sizes of libraries, and development and management of teaching / learning activities, promotion of information literacy programs, and partnerships with other entities to achieve reference goals and objectives.

RSR prepares its readers to understand and embrace current and emerging technologies affecting reference functions, instructional services and information needs of library users. RSR contributors draw on:

  • Current research and practice,
  • Their own considerable expertise, experience and perspectives, and
  • The expertise of their home communities to identify issues, practices and technologies that are relevant to service design, delivery, management, and assessment.

RSR articles include research papers, technical papers, conceptual papers, case studies, literature reviews, and reviews of public previously published research on a number topics. Commentary, including point/counterpoint articles, is also welcome. Mini theme and theme issues support the more detailed exploration of topics. A diverse mix of authors and contributors enhance the journal’s value, as does an international team of editorial advisors.

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