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Academic Libraries and the 45th President

Special issue call for papers from Reference Services Review

Reference Services Review seeks journal article contributions for a special issue that will explore themes related to academic libraries and the 45th President of the United States. The issue will be published in January, 2020 (48/1). Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • the impact of misinformation, disinformation, and distrust of media outlets on library education services
  • the impact of the partial government shutdown on access to federal government information and/or services, grant funded research, etc.
  • campus climate: safety and security, free speech versus hate speech, collaboration with student organizations
  • campus/community engagement and programming
  • work with and/or support services for DACA students
  • the impact on federal government documents, e.g., removal of the phrase "climate change,"  requests from federal agencies to purge historical documents and records, archiving the President's social media posts, etc.
  • library involvement with social justice initiatives on campus
  • innovative dissemination of election, candidate, and voter registration information to constituents
  • the Data Rescue movement 

                 Government Information:
                 End of Term Archive:
                 Environmental Governance and Data Initiative:

The journal welcomes thought pieces, case studies, and articles about issues and trends that address specific opportunities or challenges related to academic libraries and the current administration. Potential contributors are encouraged to be creative in developing topics.

Examples of previous special issues can be found in RSR issues:

  • Library Services to People with Disabilities (46/3, 2018)
  • Emergent Literacies in Academic Libraries (46/2, 2018)
  • Transfer Students and Students in Transition (45/2 and 45/3, 2017)
  • Health Information Literacy (44/2, 2016)
  • Entrepreneurship (43/3, 2015)

The publication schedule for Volume 48, Issue 1 is:

  • March 25, 2019: Abstract submission deadline.
  • May 15, 2019: Abstract acceptance notification.
  • September 30, 2019: Manuscript due.
  • October 1 - 31, 2019: Double blind peer-review process.
  • November 1 - December 8: Final revisions.
  • December 12, 2019: Final issue due to Emerald Publishing.

Topic proposals should be submitted to Mary Ellen Spencer via the web form at  Please feel free to contact me with questions at [email protected].