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Advances in Librarianship

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ISSN: 0065-2830

Editor: Paul T. Jaeger
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"Each topic is well covered with a firm research basis which in some cases is indeed an innovation for that subject. The volume is consistently edited and elegantly produced...It is well worth reading, to provoke reflection on one's own service and its context as much as for specific advice or ideas".

- Stuart James

"The book is highly recommended for library managers in public and academic libraries who are interested in developing effective assessment and outcomes evaluation methods for their own libraries." (See the rest of the review here)

- Alison Fields

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Through a combination of economic changes, political forces, and technological changes, libraries now find themselves in a position of meeting ever-increasing community needs and filling roles that otherwise would go unmet in key areas of economic and workforce development, health and wellness, education, civic engagement, and fostering and supporting open governments. Despite often decreasing financial support, the growing political pressures to reduce support for public goods such as libraries, and the voices claiming that Google has made libraries obsolete, libraries have never been more innovative, more community-focused, and more in demand than they are now.
Libraries play significant roles in digital literacy and digital inclusion, online education, social services, and even emergency response. They are creating partnerships with local government and non-profits to address local needs. They adopt and innovate with new technologies and expand their services and materials through new channels provided by emerging technologies, from online reference to the curation and management of digital resources. At the same time, libraries serve as primary support structure for social justice and human rights, fostering and promoting inclusion, access, and equity in societies.
The Advances in Librarianship offers a forum through which these major issues can be discussed among the members of the library profession and through which policy makers, educators, employers, health information professionals, and others outside of libraries can be educated about the impacts of libraries. These volumes share innovative ideas and practices to improve overall library service and can help libraries better articulate their vital contributions to their communities.

The ability to address current and future issues from both practice and research perspectives at great depth makes this series uniquely positioned to disseminate new ideas in libraries and to advocate for their essential roles in communities. To ensure the most current and future utility, each volume will seek contributions in three areas:

1) the current best practices and innovative ideas

2) the future issues and ways in which they might be prepared for and addressed

3) the large-scale societal implications and the way in which the focus of the volume impacts the libraries as a social institution.

Editorial Objectives

The Advances in Librarianship Series seeks to publish in-depth chapters in all areas of library and information science and in all types of settings in which information is developed, accessed, preserved, and delivered.

It aims to provide critical analyses of issues which are current and timely in a rapidly changing information world. Content is developed based on viewpoints, in-depth literature reviews, current research and critical analyses of issues, with the aim of producing solutions to current problems in libraries and related fields including the information industry, education of information professionals, management, and operations of all types of libraries. The publication strives to present solutions that can be applied and can make improvements in the field.


The Advances in Librarianship book series covers current research and professional issues in the field, including libraries, the information industry, education and development of library and information professionals.

All aspects of library and information sciences are covered including reviews, updates of previous theories, along with ground breaking developments in libraries and information science and related enterprises.


Topics of interest include:

Topics of interest for the series include, but are not limited to:

•    Archives and special collections
•    Community analytics and big data
•    Digital curation and collections
•    Digital libraries
•    Government information
•    Human rights and social justice
•    Information access and behavior
•    Information policy and law
•    Information science
•    Innovation and entrepreneurship Library and Information Science education
•    Publishing and related information industries
•    Records management and big records
•    Services for targeted populations
•    Services for underserved populations

The editors are also welcome other topical suggestions for innovative volumes within the scope of the series.

Key Benefits

Advances in Librarianship is a key resource for practitioners, researchers, students and faculty members seeking in-depth literature and solutions to current and emerging issues in the fields of library and information science and related fields.

When it is focused on a specific theme, the book provides readers with a single source of information that is current and provides models and recommendations that can be applied by practitioners. Contributors are researchers and thinkers who bring an international perspective to bear on issues and problems. With 39 volumes published since 1969, the series provides an historical and permanent record of developments in the field for the last four decades.

Key Audiences

The book series benefits practitioners in all types of libraries in all countries – public, college, university, primary and secondary schools, special, corporate, government, networks, and consortia, along with archivists and educators and students in the fields of library and information science and related fields.

About the Editors

Paul T. Jaeger, Ph.D., J.D., is Professor, Diversity Officer, and Director of the Master of Library Science (MLS) program of the College of Information Studies and Co-Director of the Information Policy and Access Center at the University of Maryland.

Dr. Jaeger’s research focuses on the ways in which law and public policy shape information behavior, particularly for underserved populations. He is the author of more than one hundred and fifty journal articles and book chapters, as well as twelve books. His recent books include Disability and the Internet: Confronting a Digital Divide (Lynne Rienner, 2012); Public Libraries, Public Policies, and Political Processes: Serving and Transforming Communities in Times of Economic and Political Constraint (Rowman and Littlefield, 2014) with Ursula Gorham, John Carlo Bertot, and Lindsay C. Sarin; Digital Literacy and Digital Inclusion: Information Policy and the Public Library (Rowman and Littlefield, 2014) with Kim M. Thompson, Natalie Greene Taylor, Mega Subramaniam, and John Carlo Bertot; and Libraries, Human Rights, and Social Justice: Enabling Access and Promoting Inclusion (Rowman and Littlefield, 2015) with Natalie Greene Taylor and Ursula Gorham. His research has been funded by the Institute of Museum & Library Services, the National Science Foundation, the American Library Association, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, among others. Dr. Jaeger is Editor of Library Quarterly.

Contact the editorial team

Series Editor

Paul T. Jaeger
Associate Professor and Co-Director, Information Policy and Access Center (iPAC), the College of Information Studies, University of Maryland, USA

Managing Editor

Caitlin Hesser
Managing Editor


Charlotte Maiorana
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Editorial Advisory Board

Denise E. Agosto
Drexel University, USA

Denise E. Agosto is professor in the College of Computing & Informatics at Drexel University, executive director of the Center for the Study of Libraries, Information & Society (CSLIS), and editor of Journal of Research on Libraries & Young Adults. Her research and teaching interests focus on children’s and teens’ information behavior and practices, youths’ use of social media, and public library services. She widely published in these areas and is the recipient of numerous teaching and research awards and grants.

Wade Bishop
University of Tennessee Knoxville, USA

Wade Bishop is an assistant professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Bishop has an M.L.I.S. from the University of South Florida and a Ph.D. from Florida State University. His research focus is on how geographic information (GI) organization, access and use, as well as the study of GI occupations, education, and training. He has other research expertise that includes physical access for users to U.S. public libraries (using Geographic information Systems (GIS)) and the evaluation of many other services and resources in academic and public libraries. Website:

John Buschman
Seton Hall University, USA

John Buschman is dean of University Libraries at Seton Hall University. He was previously Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Resources and Services at Georgetown University and prior to that he was at Rider University for 19 years. Buschman is the author of Dismantling the Public Sphere: Situating and Sustaining Libraries in the Age of the New Public Philosophy (2003).  His most recent book is Libraries, Classrooms and the Interests of Democracy: Marking the Limits of Neoliberalism (2012).  He holds a B.S. in history and sociology and an M.L.S. from Ball State University, an M.A. in American Studies from St. Joseph’s University and a Doctor of Liberal Studies from Georgetown University.

Michelle Caswell
University of California Los Angeles, USA

Michelle Caswell is assistant professor of Archival Studies in the Department of Information Studies at the University of California Los Angeles. She is the author of Archiving the Unspeakable: Silence, Memory and the Photographic Record in Cambodia (University of Wisconsin Press, 2014) and the guest editor of a special double issue of Archival Science on archives and human rights. She is also the co-founder of the South Asian American Digital Archive (, an online repository that documents and provides access to the diverse stories of South Asian Americans.

Ursula Gorham
University of Maryland, USA

 Ursula Gorham, Ph.D., J.D., is a Lecturer in the College of Information Studies. She is admitted to practice law in Maryland and previously served as a law clerk in Maryland appellate and federal bankruptcy courts. Her research has been published in Government Information Quarterly, Public Library Quarterly, Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, Journal of Open Access to Law, Information Polity, and First Monday. Dr. Gorham is also a co-author of Public libraries, public policies, and political processes: Serving and transforming communities in times of economic and political constraint (2014) and Libraries, human rights, and social justice: Enabling access and promoting inclusion (2015). In addition, she currently serves as an Associate Editor of Library Quarterly.

Sandra Hughes-Hassell
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

Sandra Hughes-Hassell, Ph.D., is a professor and coordinator of the School Library Media Program in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her current research, she focuses on social justice issues in youth library services, connected learning, and the role of school librarians in education reform. She teaches courses in services to diverse youth populations, materials for young adults, and development of school library programs. Prof. Hughes-Hassell regularly provides professional development to librarians across the U.S., most recently for YALSA, New Jersey Library Association, and Wake County Schools.

R. David Lankes
University of South Carolina, USA

Prior to joining USC, Dr. R. David Lankes served as professor and Dean's Scholar for New Librarianship at Syracuse University's School of Information Studies. He has served on advisory boards and study teams in the fields of libraries, telecommunications, education, and transportation including at the National Academies. He has been a visiting fellow at the National Library of Canada, The Harvard School of Education, and was the first fellow of ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy. His book, The Atlas of New Librarianship won the 2012 ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Award for the Best Book in Library Literature.

Don Latham
Florida State University, USA

Don Latham is professor in the School of Information at Florida State University.  He has published extensively on information behavior of young adults, digital literacies, and young adult literature and literacy practices.  He is the recipient of research grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, OCLC/ALISE, and the Florida State University Council on Research and Creativity.  With Melissa Gross, he is co-author of Young Adult Resources Today:  Connecting Teens with Books, Music, Games, Movies, and More (Rowman and Littlefield, 2014).  He has served on the ALISE Board and currently serves on the YALSA Research Journal Advisory Board.

Jerome Offord
Lincoln University of Missouri, USA

Jerome Offord, Jr. is dean of administration and student affairs, head of the Department of Library Science, and assist professor at Lincoln University, in Jefferson City, MO.  Previously, he served as the diversity officer and manager of Corporate Inclusion at OCLC (Online Computer Library Center).  At OCLC, he was responsible for building and developing external relationships and strategies to attract diverse talent to OCLC, and continuing to drive an internal culture that welcomes diversity as a critical contributor to the organization’s effectiveness. He also served as the chair of the OCLC President’s Inclusion Council and managed the OCLC Minority Librarian Fellowship and Internship Programs.

Ricardo L. Punzalan
University of Maryland, USA

Ricardo L. Punzalan is an assistant professor at the University of Maryland College of Information Studies, where he teaches courses on archives and digital curation. He holds a PhD in information from the University of Michigan School of Information. In addition to an MLIS from the University of the Philippines, he completed two certificates of graduate studies at Michigan, one in science, technology, and society (STS) and another in museum studies. Prior to his doctoral studies, he served in faculty of the University of the Philippines School of Library and Information Studies. His area of research includes understanding the relationship of archives and collective memory, the politics and dynamics of digitization decision-making in collaborative and inter-institutional settings, and the uses and users of digitized archival images. His current research examines “virtual reunification” as a strategy to provide integrated access to dispersed ethnographic archival images online. He is also developing ways to effectively document, evaluate, and articulate the impact and outcomes of digitized ethnographic archives. His articles have been published in the American Archivist, Library Quarterly, Archives and Manuscripts, Archivaria, and Archival Science.

Brian Wentz
Shippensburg University, USA

Brian Wentz is an associate professor of Management Information Systems at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, where he is frequently involved with applied research and service learning projects that focus on the implications that web accessibility and usability can have on business, education, employment, public policy and societal inclusion. For more than 12 years he has been involved in a variety of projects related to web accessibility and usability for people with disabilities. Dr. Wentz received the 2013 Honorary Service award from the Pennsylvania Council of the Blind, and he has published more than 20 refereed articles in journals, books, and conference proceedings.

Lynn Westbrook
University of Texas, USA

Lynn Westbrook is an associate professor at the University of Texas School of Information with an MLS from the University of Chicago and a PhD from the University of Michigan.  Her research interests focus on the cognitive and interpersonal aspects of human-information interactions with emphases on women in crisis situations, particularly intimate partner violence, gynecological cancers, and sexual human trafficking.  Author of numerous articles, she recently contributed to Library & Information Science Research, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, and Journal of Documentation.

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