Call for Chapters 

Working Title: Critical Information Literacy Applications in Libraries, published by ALA Editions

Edited by: Lauren S. Kehoe, Accessibility & Accommodations Librarian, New York University, and Julie N. Hornick, Senior Instructional Services Librarian, Florida Southern College

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Critical information literacy asks that librarians work with learners to question and challenge the oppressive systems behind the creation, production, and dissemination of information. This difficult work is happening across all types of libraries, and encompasses (among other topics) questions of neutrality in the resources libraries provide, the algorithms that provide search results, the voices that are absent or present from our collections, and the accessibility of those resources.

This edited book will focus on Critical Information Literacy applications for academic, public, school, and special libraries and was inspired by the LIRT President’s Program of the same name at ALA Annual in June, 2022.

The target audience for this work includes academic, public, school, and special librarians, especially those responsible for instruction and professional development.  However, it will have a wider application amongst those interested in the topic of critical information literacy (including library school students).

This work will:

  • include perspectives on critical information literacy that is not specific to academic libraries
  • offer library instruction practitioners resources and lesson plans related to critical information literacy strategies
  • include information on professional development initiatives for library workers
  • take critical information literacy out of traditional silos
  • benefit instruction librarians and practitioners by providing a theoretical frameworkfor examples of diverse approaches to, and practical applications of, critical information literacy across a variety of library types
  • offer practitioners from across a spectrum of library types an opportunity to learn from others in the diverse field of librarianship engaging with critical information literacy concepts in the classroom.

Chapter sections will include: Theoretical Frameworks of Critical Information Literacy, Critical Information Literacy Programs, Professional Development Programs, Partnerships Across and Between Library Types, and Lesson Plans That Can Be Adapted For Different Types of Libraries.

We invite chapters for the following sections and categories (please do not feel limited by suggested topics):

Section I: Theoretical Frameworks of Critical Information Literacy (approximately 3,000-4,000 words/chapter)

  • Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Threshold Concepts by Townsend, Brunetti, & Hofer
  • Critical theory, decolonization, critical library theory, critical race theory, feminist pedagogy, and critical library instruction

Section II: Practical Applications

  • Critical Information Literacy Programs (approx. 2,000-3,000 words)
  •  Events/Activities
  • Courses
  • Partnerships across library types (approx. 2,000-3,000 words)
  • Lesson Plans for Critical Information Literacy instruction that can be adapted for different types of libraries (approx. 500-1,000 words)

Proposal Instructions

Complete proposals of no more than 300 words, a tentative title for the chapter, and a short bio should be submitted via this form. Deadline for proposals is March 10, 2023 at 5:00 PM ET (9:00 PM GMT). See below for the publication schedule.

Schedule for Publication

  • Proposals close by March 10, 2023 with notification of acceptance by end of June 2023
  • Chapter outlines sent to editors for review by end of August, 2023
  • First drafts due second week of November, 2023
  • Draft review completed by end of February, 2024
  • Second drafts due end of May, 2024
  • Editor reviews completed by end of July, 2024 and contributors informed of any outstanding issues
  • Final draft of book to ALA by early September 2024