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The Role of the Library in Campus-Wide Recruitment Efforts

Special issue call for papers from Reference Services Review

Reference Services Review (RSR) is seeking authors to write on the theme of the role of the library in campus-wide retention efforts. First drafts of manuscripts will be due for submission by December 3, 2012. Manuscripts are evaluated using a double-blind peer-review process. Authors can expect to work on major and /or minor revisions in January 2013.

The journal is pre-published through Emerald EarlyCite: and issues are made available before the official publication date.

With national attention focused on performance levels of higher education institutions, many colleges and universities are focusing on Retention, Progression, and Graduation (RPG) efforts.  While the campus library is often included in tours when new potential students are recruited, the library and its services are an integral part of retaining those students and helping them progress toward graduation.

The intersection of the library with these larger campus wide efforts will be explored in this special issue.

Paper topics should include, but are not limited to:

  • The role of the library with Summer Bridge or College Transition programs
  • Library involvement in new student recruitment
  • Research demonstrating a connection between information literacy instruction and student success
  • Role of the library in retention of specific student populations (distance, nontraditional, at-risk, etc.)
  • Non-academic programming in libraries (working with other campus agencies)
  • Academic success of student library workers

The co-editors for this special issue are: Anne Barnhart and Andrea Stanfield from the University of West Georgia, USA.

Please send expressions of interest, abstracts, or inquiries to: rsr[email protected]

To submit:

Please follow the instructions and guidance provided in the Author Guidelines here:

Please submit your paper through ScholarOne Manuscripts, the journal’s online submission and review system:

About Reference Services Review:

Reference Services Review (RSR) is a quarterly, refereed, international journal dedicated to the enrichment of reference knowledge and the advancement of reference and library user services.

RSR covers all aspects of reference and library user services, including reference, instruction, and user service design, delivery, management and assessment;  marketing and communication; user populations; electronic services; virtual reference services; cooperative reference services; existing and emerging technologies and their intersection with service design and delivery; service forecasting; standards, guidelines and best practices;  performance of reference and user services providers; and professional competencies for reference and user services librarians.

RSR prepares its readers to understand key trends and to respond to critical challenges affecting reference functions, instructional services and the 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 previously published research on a wide number of 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.