Call for Chapters: Virtual Reference in Modern Libraries: Innovative Methods for User Interaction
Call for Chapters: Virtual Reference in Modern Libraries: Innovative Methods for User Interaction
Sonnet Ireland (University of New Orleans, USA)

Call for Chapters
Proposals Submission Deadline: April 30, 2014
Full Chapters Due: May 30, 2014


For release in the Advances in Library and Information Science (ALIS) Book

The *ALIS Book Series* aims to expand the body of library science
literature by covering a wide range of topics affecting the profession and
field at large. The series also seeks to provide readers with an essential
resource for uncovering the latest research in library and information
science management, development, and technologies.

With budget cuts and doubts about the necessity of the roles librarians
play, it may seem as if we haven’t any time to explore new ways to interact
with our users. In fact, the opposite is true. Many librarians are taking
their limitations and turning them into innovations. This surge in
creativity needs to be shared across the profession so that other libraries
and librarians can benefit.

This book will explore innovative methods for reaching and interacting with
users, especially in terms of virtual reference. The chapters in this book
will focus on various types of virtual reference that libraries have
adopted in recent years. It will also look at ways librarians are
virtually interacting with their users and be written for librarians who
want to learn techniques that can be applied at their own libraries and
enhance their own users’ experiences.

Target Audience
The target audience of this book will be composed of professionals and
researchers working in the field of information and knowledge management in
various aspects of librarianship, e.g., reference, public services,
instruction, and technology. Moreover, the book will provide insights and
support to librarians who wish to develop these skills in their own careers.

Recommended Topics

– Virtual Reference Programs
– Social Media
– SMS Reference
– Chat Reference
– Virtual Information Needs
– Email Reference
– Reference Interactions via Mobile Device

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before *April 30,
2014* a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and
concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Submissions should be made through
the link at the bottom of this page. Authors of accepted proposals will be
notified by *May 1, 2014*about the status of their proposals and sent
chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by *May 30,
2014*. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review
basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this

This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group
Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea
Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business
Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. For
additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2015.

Important Dates
*April 30, 2014:*Proposal Submission Deadline*May 1, 2014:*Notification of
Acceptance*May 30, 2014:*Full chapter Submission*July 30, 2014:*Review
Results to Authors*August 30, 2014:*Revised Chapter Submission*October 15,
2014:*Submission of Final Chapters

Sonnet Ireland
Head of Federal Documents, Microforms, and Analog Media
Earl K. Long Library
University of New Orleans
Tel.: 504.280.7276 Fax: 504.280.7277

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Sonnet Ireland
Head of Federal Documents, Microforms, and Analog Media
Business Library Liaison
Earl K. Long Library
University of New Orleans
2000 Lakeshore Drive
New Orleans, LA 70148