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Perspectives on Library Space

Special issue call for papers from New Library World

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This special issue, Perspectives on Library Space is guest edited by Les Watson, Library and Learning Consultant, Author and Visiting Professor of Learning Environment Development, University of Lincoln, UK.

The focus of this special issue

Libraries exist in a rapidly changing external environment. Yet despite the threats from austerity and resulting financial stringency, social media and other new technologies such as e-books and online resources libraries continue to innovate and survive. Library space remains one of the most important key strategic assets of any library service. What types of space work, how do we know that they do, and how are they different from what has gone before.

Research papers, case studies and practical ideas are invited on (but not limited to) the following perspectives on library spaces:
  • What lies beyond the Third Place? Makerspaces, Coding clubs, Media Labs, co-working and collaborative space, space as a service, making spaces work
  • Integrating the real and the virtual – haptic resources, mobile users, social media, library as technology
  • Ideas in learning - new models of library space to support learning variety and new knowledge of learning
  • Using users – behavioural studies and space solutions, driverless libraries
  • Emergent staff roles, services and service integration - consequences for space, service hubs, service flow, retail models
  • Libraries on the edge - crazy spaces for the 21st century, users as resource,
  • Being the same and doing different – innovating to respond to locality, society and purpose
All papers submitted for publication are subject to double blind peer review prior to acceptance. Guidelines for authors and registration details for submission of articles can be found here.

Papers should focus on innovative aspects of library space. All methodological approaches are welcome. Case studies and proof-of-concept studies should present new and unique findings and highlight future research possibilities and developments. Thought pieces will also be considered for this special issue.

Papers should be 4,000 to 9,000 words in length (including references) and in accordance with the journal's author guidelines. For all additional information prior to submission, please contact Les Watson ([email protected])

Please submit to New Library World using ScholarOne Manuscripts, our online submission and peer review system, here.

About the Journal

New Library World aims to publications articles and short communications which will: raise the level of awareness within the international library and information community of the potential for change and innovation, assist policy and decision making in the medium term (five to ten years); and help in reporting on present research, the implementation of research results, and the planning of future research. Information about the journal can be found at