Call for Chapters: Crisis Management and Aversion in Modern Libraries

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: May 31, 2018
Full Chapters Due: September 28, 2018


Librarians are no strangers to crises of all sorts. Drug overdoses, tornadoes, domestic violence, and riots have all touched libraries; these are not events that happen in other places. And public libraries are not the only libraries affected by such events. How can librarians, library staff, and library administration across the spectra of libraries – public and academic, school and special, law and medical – ensure and enhance the safety of their patrons and their spaces while preventing or mitigating crises?

This publication will seek to identify and report, through well-researched chapters, case studies and examples of how crises have affected libraries of all types and how those libraries have responded to these events. It will seek to identify solutions and ways of preventing or mitigating the risk of various crises in the context of the library. It seeks to cover a wide range of libraries, acknowledging that different types of libraries serve different types of populations, though none are immune to the unexpected crisis. Furthermore, different types of libraries may well experience different types of crises, so it is useful to examine this phenomenon from multiple perspectives.


Not only do different types of libraries serve different types of populations, the old real estate adage about the importance of “location, location, location” cannot be ignored. What doe crises look like in urban libraries versus rural ones? What do crises look like in libraries in developed countries versus developing ones? What do crises look like in public libraries versus academic ones? It is critical to understand this phenomenon from a variety of perspectives to (1) gain a better understand of the phenomenon itself as well as (2) to identify solutions that are working which could be of use to other libraries with similar problems and (3) help libraries develop policies and procedures that make the library safe for patrons and employees alike.

Target Audience

Librarians, researchers, administrators, advanced-level students, information technology professionals, and library staff will find this title useful for both understanding the phenomenon of crises in libraries and identifying approaches for prevention and mitigation which can underpin library policies and procedures to enhance safety for employees and patrons alike.

Recommended Topics

Contributors are welcome to submit chapters on the following topics related to violence in libraries and active approaches towards prevention and mitigation. Possible topics include but are not limited to:
  • Case studies
  • Library reactions
  • Policy and procedure analyses of any type of library crisis, such as acts of violence and terrorism
  • Civil unrest
  • Natural disasters and weather emergencies
  • Catastrophic budget cuts
  • Public health hazards
  • Accidents.

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before May 31, 2018, a chapter proposal of 1,000-2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by June 15, 2018, about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by September 28, 2018. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project. Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process. All proposals should be submitted through the “Propose a Chapter” link at the bottom of this page.


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference," "Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2018.

Important Dates

Proposal Submission: May 31, 2018
Full Chapter Submission: September 28, 2018

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