Call for Proposals for Chapters in New Information Literacy Book to be Published by ATLA Press

The ATLA Press Monograph Editorial Board and guest editor Bobby Smiley invite interested authors to submit proposals for chapters in a new book to be published by ATLA Press entitled Information Literacy and Theological Librarianship: Theory & Praxis.

For librarians working in research, reference, and instruction, information literacy (IL) is foundational to their work. Since the advent of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, IL has been substantially reimagined both theoretically and in professional practice. While much attention and scholarship has focused on broad-based undergraduate education, there has been less work on information literacy for specific disciplines, such as theological and religious studies, or in library settings with unique curricular and professional needs.

This volume will gather together reflective practices from librarians across a range of theological libraries (research universities with divinity schools, seminaries, religious universities, and small liberal arts colleges). Chapters will engage key concepts and concerns in information literacy pedagogy for theological libraries, furnish applied examples drawn from instructional experience, and offer materials to help illustrate how they translate theory into praxis (handouts, syllabi, lesson plans, other instructional material). Chapters should also acknowledge and/or challenge the role of the ACRL Framework in the contributor’s instruction and understanding of information literacy. While informed by a more theoretical engagement with information literacy and pedagogy, chapters will offer practical, applied examples and best practices that can be replicated in other theological libraries.

Examples of possible topics include:

  • Inclusive instruction with diverse student populations (racial, national origin, stage of career, educational background)
  • Student learning in divinity schools and seminaries
  • Principal differences with IL in other contexts (both outside and within theological education; i.e., research university needs compared with a religious small liberal arts college)
  • Placing Framework elements in conversation with disciplinary concepts in the study of religion or theological education
  • The curricular role of the librarian for degree programs, including credit-bearing courses
  • Designing “one-shot” IL sessions/lesson plans for multiple IL sessions
  • Situating/aligning the ACRL Framework with instruction in theological libraries (unique challenges and opportunities)

Ultimately, this volume will provide theological librarians working in diverse academic environments with concrete and practical ways to extend their own work on information literacy that will be grounded in pedagogy and applicable to the unique features of theological librarianship.

If you would like to contribute, please send a brief (250 words) description of the proposed chapter, as well as a potential working title to Bobby Smiley ( by Friday, November 30, 2018.

Anticipated publication date will be late 2019/early 2020 with final chapter manuscripts (5,000-8,000 words) due in May 2019. Authors contributing to this volume will be expected to participate in the ATLA Press beta test of the web-based authoring and editing tool Editoria.

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