Transforming Libraries to Serve Graduate Students

Call for Chapter Proposals

Book’s Working Title

Transforming Libraries to Serve Graduate Students


Edited by

Crystal Renfro & Cheryl Stiles, Kennesaw State University


Intended Publisher

ABC/CLIO: Libraries Unlimited


Overview of Book

Graduate Students are critical stakeholders for academic libraries, and as libraries continue to reinvent themselves to remain relevant, spaces, services and instruction targeted specifically for the needs of the graduate student community are critical.

We have created a tentative table of contents for this book and invite proposals on any of the topics listed below, or on a graduate student focused topic of your choice. Completed Chapters are expected to be between 2,000 – 5,000 words.

Proposed Table of Contents

Section 1: One Size Does Not Fit All
  • How Graduate Students differ from undergraduates and faculty: A literature review
  • Serving Online (Hybrid) Students
  • Serving Online-only Students
  • Serving the PhD
  • Serving STEM Graduate Students
  • Serving International Graduate Students
  • Serving the Professional Graduate Student (could be more than one chapter, each focused on different types of Professional Programs which are very distinct)
  • Serving the multiple roles of graduate students (GRA; Student; Teaching Assistant, etc.)

Section 2: Structures: Organizational; Technical; Spatial

  • Different library organizational structures to support graduate students
  • Technical needs of graduate students
  • Spaces for graduate students
  • Consultation models for serving graduate students

Section 3: Traditional Librarian Functions meet Graduate Students’ needs

  • ILL and serving Graduate Students
  • Workshops for Graduate Students
  • Information literacy and graduate students or ACRL Framework applied to graduate student interactions
  • Data and Graduate students
  • Digital Thesis & Capstone Processes
  • Productivity Tools for Graduate Students and/or Citation Managers
  • The Academic Research Cycle

Section 4: Partnerships

  • Collaboration with other university units
  • Collaboration with graduate associations and clubs
  • Collaboration with vendors
  • Collaboration with Professional Organizations

Proposal Guidelines

Length of Proposal: 200-400 word abstract of proposed chapter (please include chapter title). Final Chapter will be between 2,000-5,000 words.

Author(s): Name(s), Institution(s), job title(s), Short 2 sentence bio listing how the author(s) is/are involved with graduate students.

Important Dates:

  • Proposal due: June 15, 2017
  • Authors notified: June 30, 2017
  • Full Chapters Due: September 30, 2017
  • Edited Chapters Returned: November 30, 2017
  • Final Revised Chapters due: January 1, 2018

Please contact Crystal Refro at crenfro1@kennesaw.edu with any questions regarding your proposal or the submission system.

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